What is an Internship? What will it cost? How much time must I
Hatboro-Horsham student interns are not
The distinguishing element of a
permitted to accept pay for their internship
Hatboro-Horsham internship is the Hatboro-Horsham student interns are
service and get school credit at the same
intentional learning agenda. required to serve in their intern assignment
time. The school district considers this a eight hours per week on average. The
learning experience, not an earning
Our internship experience is a student’s schedule permits departure from
experience. Hatboro-Horsham School the high school campus at noon each day.
partnership between a senior student
District insurance covers the student while Students can serve their host-mentor
and an organization, which creates a
on your premises. according to a schedule that benefits the
meaningful experience by providing
host-mentor. (Some students will work 4
hands-on training and career
What is a typical high hours two days per week; others may work
awareness. The school district will
2 hours 4 days per week, etc.)
school intern like?
support the student intern with a
teacher-mentor. The teacher-mentor We understand that the host-mentor’s
The typical Hatboro-Horsham student intern
will also communicate with the schedule needs might change from week to
is a B+ to A+ student. The intern has week. There are business trips, trade shows
organization’s host-mentor throughout
completed all or most high school graduation and other activities that may result in a
requirements (including a prerequisite change to the student intern’s schedule.
Career Exploration course) and has a fairly Hatboro-Horsham High School will be
The internship is an opportunity for a
clear idea about what they would like to do flexible with student schedules considering
student to gain practical work
after high school graduation. special opportunities and experiences at
experience that complements his or her
their internship assignment as they present
academic experience and therefore Usually students want to learn about a themselves. Open communication between
should have clearly defined projects and particular profession or about the work host-mentor and teacher-mentor is very
learning goals. world in general. Is the professional area important.
what the student thinks it is? Does the
For employers, internships are an student like working with many different The typical student internship lasts 10
individuals or do they prefer working
opportunity to complete valuable weeks. During this time the student is
independently? Do they like to do similar required to keep a double-entry reflective
projects and test-drive potential
tasks each day or do they like to be put on journal, communicate weekly with fellow
different assignments so that no two days interns through our classroom blog and
are the same? attend a bi-monthly seminar facilitated by
The teacher-mentor will communicate with Host-mentors were honored to be
the host-mentor once per week via email selected and felt important when
and occasional on-site visits. asked by their protégé for advice.
Why should you get
What can my intern do?
(examples of intern experiences)
Benefits to the host organization
• Contribute to project design or
• Extra manpower to expand • Develop and carry-out a marketing
plan or business strategy
• Manpower to complete special • Contact management and general
projects. customer service
• Community outreach and positive • Participate in networking
public relations. opportunities
• Opportunity to pre-screen potential • Write newsletters
employees. • Coordinate and perform
• Opportunity to diversify your education/outreach
workforce. • Develop presentations
• Design posters, charts, graphs
Benefits reported by host-mentors of • Respond to inquires, leads and
Hatboro-Horsham student interns: referrals
• Seeing protégé become independent • Create and maintain database
and avail themselves to new • Participate in various staff meetings
opportunities. • Develop/create and upkeep website
• Feeling like you are really helping a • Conduct research, studies, or
young person and the organization. surveys
Host-mentors report being
challenged, rejuvenated and To learn more about Hatboro- What is an Internship?
reinforced in their own professional Horsham’s student intern program
• Why should you get involved?
Host-mentors reported they
analyzed their own skills, received
Community Learning Specialist
ideas for use in the workplace and
What will it cost?
acquired a sharpened ability to help
Hatboro-Horsham High School
What can my intern do?
How much time must I commit?
What is a typical high school