SENIOR INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
Program Vision: Our vision is to increase the inclusion of underrepresented populations in STEAM fields by adequately preparing our students for STEAM college majors and careers. Working in a professional environment alongside worksite supervisors will equip students with hard and soft skills that will enable them to graduate from college in a STEAM major and to become future problem solvers, innovators and leaders in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering Arts and Math.
Program Goals: Speer Academy faculty and students will work with you to meet the following objectives
- Establish a mutually beneficial partnership with business partners: professionals provide mentorship and teach professional skills while students contribute to unpaid work to the business or organization.
- Connect students with professionals according to their areas of interest.
- Explore the educational requirements, traits and skills required in a career of interest.
- Develop hard and soft skills in a professional setting.
- Promote the training of future employees in STEAM careers.
- Increase the inclusion of underrepresented populations in STEAM and professional fields
- Students attend internship on Fridays for a minimum of 5 hours. Students must earn a minimum of 50 hours from February-mid-May.
- Because the senior internship is a graduation requirement, students will not be paid at their placements.
- Students take a class at Speer Academy that coincides with their internships and reinforces the hard and soft skills they are developing, as well as presenting them with the opportunity to build a resume, improve their professional communication skills, research a career of interest, and develop a product related to the work they do in their placements.
- Students maintain a journal of activities and learning at internship.
- The worksite supervisor ensures that student has arrived, evaluates the student’s work at the internship site and communicates with the Internship Coordinator on regular basis regarding progress, concerns, etc.