Career Story: Internship Coordinator At A Public High School

Internship Coordinator At A Public High School

Job Title: Internship Coordinator

Type of Company: I work for a school district north of Boston.

Education: C.A.G.S., Fitchburg State College

Previous Experience: I've spent the last thirty years in education.

Job Tasks: As coordinator of the internship program at a suburban high school, I try to place students in positions that will let them explore career options. I am responsible for approximately 160 juniors and seniors per semester. We are in a four "block" schedule; each block is 84 minutes. Students may elect to take three internships beginning in their junior year, but they can only take one a semester.

I have been responsible for coordinating this program for the past (six years. Over the years students interested in the field of education have been mentored at every grade level in the local public schools. Other students have interned with hospitals, police departments, veterinary clinics, law offices, child care centers, automotive garages, electronic stores, computer businesses, manufacturing businesses, engineering firms, women's clothing stores, bridal salons and general businesses to learn more about careers. We try to give each student the opportunity to investigate the areas they are interested in exploring.

Students are required to maintain good attendance and act professionally. If they are going to be absent, they must notify/inform their mentor. First marking term requirements include a daily journal of 3 - 4 complete sentences and a weekly time card signed by their mentor. Each of these assignments are worth 50% of their grade. The second marking term requires students to provide Journals (20%), Time Cards (20%), Evaluations completed by a mentor (20%), four outside assignments (20%), and a resume (20%).

I have asked students on occasion to provide feedback through a survey designed to see if the program is meeting their needs. The survey indicates that we are. For further inquiries, call (978) 640-7825 x34, or email Ljbasteri@aol.com.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is interacting with the kids and seeing their growth outside a classroom situation as they take multiple internships to learn more about career options. Most students take an internship for the learning experience to investigate possible college choices.

On the other hand, some students take an internship to "coast" and do as little as possible to receive credit. Fortunately for me, they are in the minority.

Job Tips: I don't really know how to answer this specifically, but I would say that generally a broad education, a relationship within the community to entice businesses to accept your students as interns and your willingness to act as a learning tool for the students to explore these career options would greatly assist a person interested in being a coordinator.

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