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Office of Career and Technology Education
School to Career Transition - Internship
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Definition

An internship is a carefully monitored interactive experience in a workplace setting in which students have a defined learning focus and reflect actively on what they are learning throughout the experience. Experiential learning through an internship provides a dynamic, structured partnership that focuses on students utilizing academic skills in a real-world setting. Internships vary in the number of credits earned as well as in the type of experiences. The internship may be a part of a magnet program, serve as a capstone for a career completer program, or be an accredited course linked to liberal arts course work. The rigor expected of students in this program is demonstrated through the development of a portfolio, a research project, or both. Credits may be earned at the honors or gifted and talented level.

Rationale

Student achievement is the Baltimore County Public Schools' primary goal.  Research has proven that experiential learning promotes intellectual maturity, personal growth, career awareness, and civic and social responsibility.

Experiential learning through an internship provides a dynamic, structured partnership offering a wide range of opportunities to promote student achievement. Internship experiences provide students with a means to develop the skills and knowledge base necessary to make appropriate and informed decisions in the career development process while preparing for lifelong learning.  An internship offers the best opportunity to fuse academics with the real world, optimizing educational achievement.

An internship can be embedded in a course, serve as a capstone experience for a career completer, or be an independent course.

Goals

The internship focuses on the following goals:

  • Academic development: Students apply knowledge learned in the classroom to the workplace setting.
  • Skill development: Students develop and apply skills required in the workplace and career field.
  • Career development: Students enhance personal knowledge of the qualifications and responsibilities of a career field and the processes for accessing that career field.
  • Personal development: Students strengthen decision making and critical thinking skills, personal responsibility, confidence and self esteem.
  • Technology application: Students use technology as it applies to the industry.

Achievement of these goals will be demonstrated by student participation in seminars and completion of the essential components: the portfolio, project, learning logs, learning plan, internship competencies assessment, and final exam.

Benefits of an Internship

Students/Parents
The Internship program provides:

  • An opportunity to learn from a rigorous, structured exposure to the workplace.
  • An opportunity to learn the various aspects of an industry or career.
  • A school-based work-based learning coordinator to reinforce and develop both general and specific employability skills and attitudes.
  • A written learning plan to assist the student in obtaining the greatest benefit from the workplace experience.
  • A competitive edge in obtaining marketable career skills and experiences.
  • A sampling of a career without the pressures and commitments of full-time employment.
  • A structured and directed exploration of the world of work.
  • An opportunity to develop a network of people who can be helpful in future job searches.

Business mentor/ sponsoring organization
The internship program provides the mentor and sponsoring organization an opportunity to:

  • Project a positive image and commitment of the organization to the community.
  • Improve the quality of future workers.
  • Gain greater access to an expanded pool of qualified workers.
  • Improve morale and management skills of employees.
  • Direct student development to meet industry needs.
  • Evaluate potential employees in work settings.
  • Profit from current generational skill sets and new ideas.
  • Improve the quality of life in the local community.

School
The school may benefit from:

  • Increased college placement and employment of graduates.
  • Improved student achievement.
  • Additional opportunities for effective business partnerships.
  • Additional opportunities to implement diversity education.
  • Integration of academic instruction with actual work and life experience.
  • Improved attendance and reduced dropout rates.

Indicators

Students will:

  • Apply academic and technical knowledge and skills accurately to be a productive worker.
  • Demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to be an effective team member.
  • Utilize problem-solving techniques and decision-making techniques to effectively resolve issues in the workplace.
  • Demonstrate mastery of competencies in specific occupations to be a responsible worker.
  • Adhere to and apply safety, health, and environmental practices at work to be a responsible worker.
  • Apply goal-setting strategies to improve career development skills.
  • Describe the connections among educational achievement and lifelong learning in order evaluate career options across career pathways.
  • Demonstrate the ability to adapt to change in technology at the workplace to be a productive worker.
  • Employ ethical standards and effective communication skills necessary to maintain employment and to advance within a chosen career field.
  • Update and prepare portfolios for presentation in order to showcase academic and technical skills for employment.
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