Student Internship

The internship program has collaborated with a team of area residents, school personnel, trades people, and business owners to create a comprehensive program of internship and service learning opportunities. This program is designed to engage students in real life experiences and help them understand the issues and challenges of different careers, while earning academic credit.

Credit
High School Career/Tech: 0.5 credit

Course Description
A student internship is a career-focused experience during which a young person becomes directly involved for a defined period of time in business, government, industry, research, or social service.

This course provides the student with an opportunity to attain first-hand knowledge about a career or field of study, to apply the skills obtained in school to real work experiences, and to learn additional skills associated with a particular workplace. The internship promotes the development of workplace skills and career planning strategies. Students can experience options they may not have considered and make thoughtful decisions about continued education or full-time work.

State (Alaska) and/or National Standards Addressed in this Course:

EMPLOYABILITY

A: A student should be able to develop and be able to use employability skills in order to effectively make the transition from school to work and lifelong learning.

A student who meets the content standard should:

1) develop and maintain a work ethic necessary for success in the workplace that includes honesty, integrity, dependability, punctuality, self-discipline, initiative, reliability, accuracy, productivity, respect, and perseverance;

2) understand how to apply skills and academic knowledge in a variety of work settings;

3) understand the process for seeking employment including résumé development, application completion, interview skills, and appropriate dress for work settings;

4) understand the process for developing self-employment opportunities including marketing studies, business plan development, and managing business finances;

5) understand how an individual job fits into the overall organization and how the organization fits into the overall economy;

6) understand the need for safe practices in workplaces; and

7) understand employer and employee rights and responsibilities.

B: A student should be able to identify career interests and plan for career options.

A student who meets the content standard should:

1) identify and appreciate personal interests, aptitudes, abilities, and priorities;

2) identify possible career options, considering both employment and self-employment, and understand how changes in the workplace affect career choice;

3) use labor market information to identify occupational and economic trends and opportunities, and evaluate possible career options;

4) identify education and/or training needed for career options and advancement, and develop a career plan; and

5) identify resources available to support education and training related to career possibilities

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

C: A student should be able to identify and select from multiple strategies in order to complete projects independently or cooperatively.

A student who meets the content standard should:

1) make choices about a project after examining a range of possibilities;

2) organize a project by

a. understanding directions;

b. making and keeping deadlines; and

c. seeking, selecting, and using relevant resources;

3) select and use appropriate decision-making processes;

4) set high standards for project quality;

Course Content
Workplace skills and knowledge
Career exploration and planning strategies
Resources for obtaining career education and training

Course Materials
Internship Packet by Erin Aulman, Northern Susitna Institute, 2011

Instructional Strategies

  • assigned reading and internet research
  • simulations
  • demonstration
  • guided hands-on experience
  • use of audio and video sources
  • illustrate by use of examples, models, or samples
  • illustrate processes by using graphic representations with verbal explanations
  • review and quizzes to support long-term retention of factual material
  • provide individual support and guidance to students
  • recommend resources
  • invite guest experts for lectures, discussions, or demonstrations
  • journal writing and other written activities
  • provide clear directions for products or performances
  • link learning experiences to standards
  • provide rubrics that clearly state the criteria for success

Learner Outcomes

Student will:

  1. Understand résumé development, application completion, interview skills, and appropriate dress for work settings
  2. Apply skills and academic knowledge in a work setting
  3. Develop a work ethic necessary for workplace success
  4. Analyze how an individual job fits into the organization and how the organization fits into the economy
  5. Understand safe practice in the workplace
  6. Understand employer and employee rights and responsibilities
  7. Identify personal interests, aptitudes, abilities, and priorities when considering career options
  8. Identify possible career options (both employment and self-employment
  9. Identify education and/or training needed for career options and advancement)
  10. Identify resources available to support education and training related to career possibilities
  11. Develop a project plan
  12. Create and present a final project
  13. Evaluate a learning experience
  14. Write appropriate thank you note

Assessment

ASSESSMENT TASK ASSESSMENT TOOL OUTCOMES
Write a resume Internship Coordinator Summary (rubric 1
Complete an application Application Form- Internship Program 1
Demonstrate appropriate interview skills Interview by potential business sponsor 1
Complete weekly journal entries Internship Coordinator Summary (rubric) 4-10
Complete daily timesheets Daily Time Sheet 3
Develop a project plan Internship Coordinator Summary (rubric) 11
Create and present a final project Internship Coordinator Summary (rubric) 12
Demonstrate skills and knowledge in a work setting Evaluation by Business Sponsor/Mentor 2
Develop a work ethic for workplace success Evaluation by Business Sponsor/Mentor 3
Demonstrate safe practices in the workplace Evaluation by Business Sponsor/Mentor 5
Evaluate your intern experience Intern Self-Evaluation 13
Write initial and final “thank you” notes Internship Coordinator Summary 14