• Senior Alternatives 2020
     
     

     

    Combat senioritis:  Offer an internship to a Hastings High School Senior!

     

    Our Senior Alternatives Internship Program gives high school seniors in the last month of their K-12 experience the opportunity to explore careers, pursue interests, apply knowledge, and otherwise stay engaged intellectually...all the while they keep connected to school and peers.  Internships take many forms!  In past years students have learned professional and technical skills, tried out possible future careers, still explored the corporate world of advertising, publishing, and law, and even designed projects they have always wanted to try.

     

    While we have several terrific internships already lined up for our interns-to-be, we need your help in providing our students with a wide range of opportunities.  If you think you might be able to provide a meaningful experience to one of our students, we invite you to sponsor a student.  All kinds of internships are welcome:  business, government, education, the arts, construction trades, medical facilities, nursing homes, research, public relations, publishing, architecture--nearly every human pursuit imaginable will be entertained for consideration!

     

    Here’s how the program works:

     

    • Students are typically released from school from the Monday after AP Exam week until the Friday before the last day of high school classes.  Exact dates will be posted by the end of September.

    • They are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, generally over the course of four days in each week of the program.  Alternative schedules, however, can be arranged, depending on the type of activity involved.

    • Each student is assigned a supervising teacher at the high school, who will monitor his or her progress in finding and then participating in the internship.  The supervising teacher also stays in periodic contact with internship mentors.

    • During the internship, students are responsible for participating in an online forum where they share their experiences with four other classmates and respond to questions posed by the supervising teacher.

    • Supervising teachers will send out short weekly online questionnaires to internship mentors, asking for brief feedback about interns.

    • On the last day of classes, seniors return to the high school to present what they did in their internships to their underclass peers.  Exact dates will be posted by the end of September, 2019.

       

     If you're interested in offering an internship to our seniors, here's a short list of our expectations:

    • Orient the intern to your agency or organization.

    • Meet with the intern regularly to review progress and performance.

    • Provide feedback to the supervising teacher periodically about the intern’s progress.

    • Respond to a brief e-mail questionnaire about the student’s attendance.

    • Complete an exit interview with the intern at the end of the internship.

     Please contact me directly at buchananj@hohschools.org if you have any further questions about offering internships.

     

    John Buchanan

    Senior Alternatives Coordinator