• Special statement on the cancellation of the internship program
    Today, April 6, 2020, we have had to make the difficult decision to cancel the senior internship program in mid-May.
    As of today, we still do not know when it will be possible to return to normal life, as we knew it.  Indeed, most all mentors in our program have withdrawn their offers to provide internships, uncertain themselves when their own organizations will allow employees to return to work at physical locations. 
    In the event we are able to return to school this year, we will need to focus in the remaining weeks on senior graduation activities such as prom, awards night, and, of course, the graduation ceremony itself.
    Understandably, many of you will be disappointed by the cancellation of the program.  We have, however, come to this decision out of an abundance of caution, concern for the health of you and your family, and pragmatic consideration for a meaningful, enriching conclusion to your final year in high school.

    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, 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.  

    • 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.   

    Significant dates for the 2019-2020 school year

    • Thursday, February 6 at 7:00pm:  Parent meeting in the Blue Lecture Room
    • Friday, February 7 at 8:30am:  Student orientation for the Senior Internships
    • Friday, April 3:  Last day for seniors to submit internship forms
    • Friday, April 24 at 9:00am:  Informational meeting before internships
    • Monday, May 18:  Internships begin
    • Monday, June 15:  Senior presentations to underclass peers about their internships in the high school

    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.

    Ready to offer an internship?  Please fill out this form so that we can tell our seniors about your internship. 



    John Buchanan

    Senior Alternatives Coordinator