Internships - Course Description

Academy Career Internship,

Community Service Program or

Applied Career Experience


This is an educational school-to-career program offered as a Practical Arts/General Elective credit class at the Atrisco Heritage Academy High School.  This course offers students the opportunity for real-world career exploration. The program is available only to qualifying full-time high school students who are enrolled in the AHA Internship/Community Service/ACE class. Program emphasis is on responsible and productive behavior in the work place including time management, cooperation, leadership, communication, work competency, and employee ethics. The students receive school credit for successful completion of the program.



The main goal is to enrich and expand the existing high school curriculum through a combination of academic activities and hands-on work experiences. Internships provide students with the opportunity to explore a career through an individualized field experience that is supervised by both a community mentor and the program coordinator. The learner-centered educational goals that guide the interactions of the mentor, coordinator, and student are as follows:

• To give students exposure to careers and the associated work-place environment including:

workplace decision making, communicating with others, organizing and managing resources, and

setting objectives and meeting goals

• To familiarize students with a wide range of careers and work environment options within a career field

• To enable students to gain self-confidence, independence, autonomous thinking skills, and greater


• To endow students with greater insight about their strengths, abilities, and interests, in order to discover

if their goals are compatible with the requirements of the profession

The key to the program’s success is the community partner-student relationship that makes the program unique to the individuals involved. The community partner serves as a role model, guide, and supervisor. The coordinator and community partner work together to structure the shadowing experience to promote both the student’s personal goals and the program’s goals as a whole. Students acquire skills and assume responsibilities that make them an asset to their community partner and to the sponsoring organization, making the program a win-win partnership.

Placements are made according to each student’s academic background, training, skills, and interests. Depending on the student’s class schedule, a uniform work schedule is established with the community partner. Students work 2 hours per week (depending on credit enrollment) during the academic semester. Students are required to document their experiences and on-site activities through academic assignments and projects that are a part of the academic component of the program. Students and community partner should be aware of the following:


·         Students cannot participate in the program or continue their work for the sponsoring organization if they do not remain enrolled in the Internship/Community Service/ACE Program and remain a qualifying high school student.


·         Participation is not a commitment or an obligation by any organization or community partner to offer permanent employment to students who complete the program.





Students will:

• Apply classroom knowledge, problem solving abilities, and technical skills to carry out assigned tasks

and projects

• Display perseverance and a willingness to accept new or changing responsibilities

• Demonstrate self-discipline and accountability by practicing productive, safe, and ethical work habits

• Build on personal strengths and maintain a positive, cooperative attitude

• Strive to improve abilities, learn new skills, and to remain flexible to changes in situations

• Demonstrate interpersonal skills by working cooperatively in diverse groups, respecting the rights and

property of others, and by using appropriate problem solving techniques.

• Interact with fellow students and co-workers to access, relate, and use information about professional

behaviors, career options, characteristics of various work environments, opportunities within

professions, and patterns of interaction.

• Participate in the process by asking questions, making and reflecting upon work place observations,

seeking out required information, and learning from both positive and negative experiences

• Establish and maintain a respectful working relationship with the community partner

• Participate in online learning activities through the various or prescribed web platform

• Learn to communicate and negotiate with the mentor to develop a learning experience that is mutually

beneficial and rewarding

• Develop increased sensitivity in personal relationships, and refine communication, coping, and

negotiation skills

• Acquire insight into one's own strengths, abilities, and interests in order to discover if one's current

ambitions are compatible with the requirements of the profession

Additionally, one on one conferences are scheduled periodically throughout the program/semester/year, allowing the student and program coordinators to discuss student progress and personal issues or concerns. Site visits may also be scheduled to ensure that the goals of the program and interests of the student are being addressed.


Curriculum for the course includes effective résumé writing, interview skills, interest inventories, and skill assessments, college searches, the college application processes, scholarship and financial aide assistance, personal finance, goal-setting, ethics in the workplace, and more. This is a fantastic opportunity for students to have professional support in meeting their long term career and personal objectives.

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