Northern Highlands Regional High School
Career & Academic Pathways: Senior Internship Program
The Senior Internship provides eligible students with an opportunity to engage in experiential learning outside of the traditional classroom environment. Through this in-depth internship, students will gain real-world experiences that are meaningful and relevant. To advance student learning, internship placements will be based on personal interests, aspirations, and potential career paths. Through this individualized learning opportunity, students will gain valuable interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that are critical components for college and career readiness. Students who complete the internship requirements will obtain credit for participating in a full year, half year or summer internship.The internship program will be capped at 30 students per semester.
The internship must be school approved, for an organization/business where the student has had no outside relationship with the employer, and meet the guidelines consistent with the New Jersey Department of Education Administrative code, N.J.A.C. 6A:19-6:4, Structured Learning Experiences. It is the responsibility of the student to provide transportation to and from the internship site.
- Summer: up to 3 credits will be awarded based on total number of internship hours
- First Semester: up to 7.5 credits will be awarded based on total number of internship hours
- Second Semester: up to 7.5 credits will be awarded based on total number of internship hours
- Full Year: up to 15 credits will be awarded based on total number of internship hours
- After school credits will be awarded based on number of hours completed
* Students can opt to take a combination of these internship durations.
- In good academic standing and is en route to meet graduation requirements
- In good standing in regards to attendance and discipline
- Interview with the Career & Academic Pathways Coordinator
- Meet all application and paperwork deadlines (February 1 for summer; May 1 for fall and spring)
Internship placements will be based on student interest, aspirations, and potential career paths. The Career & Academic Pathways Coordinator will assist students in finding appropriate placements in the following fields, such as (but not limited to): technology, medicine and health, business, hotel and restaurant, law, marketing, fashion, agricultural and food, parks and recreation, the arts, government and nonprofit organizations.
Students will be required to attend an initial internship meeting led by the Career & Academic Pathways Coordinator at the beginning of the program. The Career & Academic Pathways Coordinator will discuss overall guidelines of the program, professional expectations, the evaluation and reflection process, and students will gain an understanding of the NJSLS Career Ready Practices. Additional meetings will be held periodically over the course of the internship.
Assessment and Evaluation:
- Log of Internship Hours
- Digital Internship Portfolio (i.e. reflections, artifacts, interviews)
- Attendance and Participation at Internship Meetings
- Site Visit Evaluations (Career & Acadmic Pathways Coordinator and On-Site Professional)