Internship: A Community Members Program Guide

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Developed to answer questions about our internship program to community members who would consider mentoring an intern.

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Internship: A Community Members Program Guide

  1. 1. What is an Internship? What will it cost? How much time must I commit? Hatboro-Horsham student interns are not Hatboro-Horsham student interns are The distinguishing element of a permitted to accept pay for their internship required to serve in their intern assignment Hatboro-Horsham internship is the service and get school credit at the same eight hours per week on average. The intentional learning agenda. time. The school district considers this a student’s schedule permits departure from learning experience, not an earning the high school campus at noon each day. Our internship experience is a experience. Hatboro-Horsham School Students can serve their host-mentor partnership between a senior student District insurance covers the student while according to a schedule that benefits the and an organization, which creates a on your premises. host-mentor. (Some students will work 4 meaningful experience by providing hours two days per week; others may work hands-on training and career 2 hours 4 days per week, etc.) high What is a typical high school awareness. The school district will intern like? We understand that the host-mentor’s support the student intern with a schedule needs might change from week to teacher-mentor. The teacher-mentor week. There are business trips, trade The typical Hatboro-Horsham student will also communicate with the shows and other activities that may result in intern is a B+ to A+ student. The intern organization’s host-mentor throughout a change to the student intern’s schedule. has completed all or most high school the experience. Hatboro-Horsham High School will be graduation requirements (including a flexible with student schedules considering prerequisite Career Exploration course) and The internship is an opportunity for a special opportunities and experiences at has a fairly clear idea about what they student to gain practical work their internship assignment as they present would like to do after high school experience that complements his or her themselves. Open communication between graduation. academic experience and therefore host-mentor and teacher-mentor is very should have clearly defined projects important. Usually students want to learn about a and learning goals. particular profession or about the work The typical student internship lasts 10 world in general. Is the professional area weeks. During this time the student is For employers, internships are an what the student thinks it is? Does the required to keep a double-entry reflective student like working with many different opportunity to complete valuable journal, communicate weekly with fellow individuals or do they prefer working projects and test-drive potential interns through our classroom blog and independently? Do they like to do similar employees. attend a bi-monthly seminar facilitated by tasks each day or do they like to be put on the teacher-mentor. different assignments so that no two days are the same? The teacher-mentor will communicate with the host-mentor once per week via email and occasional on-site visits.
  2. 2. Why should you get involved? What can my intern do? Hatboro- Hatboro-Horsham (examples of intern experiences) Benefits to the host organization High School Contribute to project design or • include: development Extra manpower to expand • Student Internship Develop and carry-out a marketing • company’s capacity. plan or business strategy Manpower to complete special • Contact management and general • Program Progra 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 • Create and maintain database • independent and avail themselves Participate in various staff • to new opportunities. meetings What is an Internship? Feeling like you are really helping a • Develop/create and upkeep website • young person and the organization. Conduct research, studies, or • Host-mentors report being surveys Why should you get involved? challenged, rejuvenated and reinforced in their own professional To learn more about Hatboro- identity. What will it cost? Horsham’s student intern program Host-mentors reported they • contact: analyzed their own skills, received What can my intern do? ideas for use in the workplace and Sue Fox acquired a sharpened ability to help Community Learning Specialist another. How much time must I commit? Hatboro-Horsham High School Host-mentors were honored to be • selected and felt important when (215) 420-5684 asked by their protégé for advice. sfox@hatboro-horsham.org What is a typical high school intern like?

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