HTHI Internship Program

In 1994, the U.S. Congress passed the School-to-Work Opportunities Act in an effort to re-establish the benefit that high school students have in learning that comes from being situated in an adult workplace environment. Research has found that these experiences offer students a chance to reflect on the role of work in their life and in society. It also has been found to increase students’ interest in attending and completing college.

The High Tech High Internship Program aims to foster personal growth and help students acquire workplace skills and in a real-world environment.  The program offers local organizations a well-supported intern who provides a modest return on investment.
  • The 2017 - 2018 internship dates are:
    • November 29th, 2017 - internship site visit day to get to know mentor and site.
                  • Immersion - January 3rd-February 2nd, 2018 with Internship Presentations of Learning on Friday, February 2nd.  Students should have off the MLK holiday.
    • Students should work a regular work day (this can vary by type of internship)
    • Hours - Students should work 5 days a week for 30-40 hours a week.
  • Insurance - Interns are covered by HTH liability insurance while on-site or participating in any activity related to their internship.
  • Transportation - Students are responsible for finding appropriate transportation (their own vehicle, parent, company transport, mass transit, etc)

Program Features 

  • All High Tech High juniors are required to complete an internship in a local organization.  The internship consists of an orientation followed by a three-week, full-time immersion at the work site, concluding with the intern’s presentation of learning. Students receive credit for successfully completing their internship and related course work.
  • Each student is paired with a workplace mentor who understands and supports the goals of the program. Mentors communicate regularly with HTH about student progress, attendance, and project development.
  • All interns develop a substantial project(s) with the mentor that contributes to the organization.
  • Near the end of the internship, each intern presents his/her work and overall learning to a panel of mentors and other site employees. This culminating event celebrates the student’s accomplishments and offers an occasion for reflection and critique.

The site experience is supported by a seminar back at school, where students prepare for and reflect on their internship experiences.  Intern assignments include mentor interviews, photojournalism, creation of an internship portfolio, project proposals, and regular reflection on growth and progress.

To Become a Mentor
Mentor Expectations
  • to hold a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and share your educational and professional journey with your intern
  • to provide opportunities for your intern to understand the complexities of your job and complete a project
  • to share your daily routines with your intern and ensure your intern is actively engaged during the work day
  • to be available during the course of the internship.
  • to not be related to the intern
  • to only mentor one intern (we hope that interns will work among adults rather than with other students)
Please complete the mentor form by clicking on the link below:
                            Online Mentor Form