The goal of the Senior Internship Program is to better prepare
students for work, college, and citizenship. The program is designed to
be the culmination of participating seniors’ academic experiences here at South
Portland High School, highlighting the skills and self-direction they have
learned. It is a genuine opportunity for seniors to merge their various
interests and passions with their academic lives at school. Similarly, it
is a vehicle for seniors to demonstrate independence and complexity of thought
as they build bridges from their high school careers to their future academic,
professional or vocational lives. Participation in a senior internship
helps you to stand out from other candidates when applying for employment in
the future as well as when you are applying for college. The class serves as an opportunity for students
to exhibit their learning and skills acquired through a presentation at the end
of their internship experience.
How to Apply for an Internship:
wishing to participate in the program must complete this application form
(including all supporting documents), and then submit it to either Mr. Hunter in
room 326 or to Mrs. King in the Guidance Office by May
20, 2016. Candidates will
then be scheduled for a preliminary interview to determine their suitability
for the program. Qualifying students
will then receive a second interview with a potential internship site later in
August or early September if an appropriate site placement can be found. Students participating in the program must be
able to demonstrate a high level of maturity and professionalism. Having reliable transportation to the
internship site is mandatory for your success in the internship
Students are required to complete a detailed online log of their
experiences on a weekly basis and will have other projects which identify the
skills and work knowledge they are developing during each quarter. In addition, students accepted into the
program are transferred into Mr. Hunter’s homebase which will provide them with
an opportunity to discuss their internships, to ask questions, and for guidance
in completing the required logs and other projects relating to the
program. In addition, students must fulfill all of the Senior Internship requirements
which are outlined on page 3 of this application. Failure to do so will affect your grade and
potentially your eligibility for senior privilege and ability to participate in
extracurricular activities here at the high school.
Act and dress professionally at your internship site. There will be a sign in sheet at your internship site. Please be sure to sign in and out each day you are at your site. In addition, please be on time for all scheduled meetings and appointments. Please notify the internship site and one of the program instructors ahead of time if you are going to be absent from a scheduled internship session.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 30 hours at their internship site if
they are going to earn 1/2 credit for the course and a minimum of 60 hours if they are going to earn 1
credit for their internship. Students
should complete a minimum of 30 hours at their internship site by January 20,
2017, and for those earning a full credit, must complete a minimum of 60 hours
by May 26, 2017. In addition,
students participating in our internship program will be transferred to be in
Mr. Hunter’s Homebase (room 326).
Periodic, unannounced visits to your site may be made to your internship
site by Mrs. Eberle or Internship instructors.
Students must submit their final project which demonstrates the skills and knowledge they have gained from their Senior Internship Experience prior to mid-year and final exams.
will be required to enter information detailing the activities they have
performed at their internship site weekly using the Internship Log shared through Google Drive from Mr. Hunter or Mrs. Ferrante. A major portion of your course grade will be based on
your weekly blog entries.
Please be sure to send a thank you note to your host site at the culmination of your internship experience.
Substance Abuse Policies also apply to the internship program. Failure to adhere to policies may result in
your being removed from the Senior Internship Program. Some sites may have drug testing policies
which you must follow if accepted into the Senior Internship Program.
Our Internship log provides students an opportunity to share what they are learning with their instructors and with the other students in the program. A major portion of your grade will be based on your weekly log. Failure to post information to your weekly internship log will have a negative impact on your grade for the course.
For each entry, please include the following details:
- Date of Entry (a minimum of one entry per week is required), Start and End Time (The number of hours you were at your host site during the week will be automatically calculated).
- A detailed description of the activities you are performing and things you have learned or observed at your internship site. Be sure to tell us what you learned and any thoughts you currently have on these tasks and on the occupational field you are learning about. (Any confidential information that your site has told you about must remain confidential and not listed on our log). Please be sure to provide plenty of details describing what you are learning and observing at your internship site. If you have any questions you would like addressed by your internship instructor or Mrs. Eberle, be sure to list those at the bottom of your week's entry in red.