The IDEA internship program pilot is a part of IDEA’s mission of providing an innovative, personalized, education. In Spring 2017, 20-25 students will participate as the first group of students to intern with local organizations and businesses. Students deemed “internship ready” by the end of the fall semester will be classified as juniors which allows them to be released early, or arrive late, so that they may intern with a partner organization.
How It Works
Students leave the last period (or arrive after first period) of the school day and intern with a partner organization. Additionally, students may intern remotely to accommodate a more flexible workplace The internship coordinator will work to ensure each student has a mentor at the internship placement, a placement aligned to the student’s interest, as well as managing the internship process to ensure a high quality experience.
12 Credit Hours + Junior Classification (student must opt out of Learning Lab for fall to be in a credit-bearing course to meet this requirement)
Internship Ready status
Early release or late arrival approval by Principal
Completion of Internship program pilot application and placement process
What is the purpose of the internship program? Students participate in internships to develop the Next Generation Skills, which are essential to success in the workplace and after high school. Internship experience is also valuable for building a strong resume for college, or a future career. Mentors and Internships are apart of the 3 priorities of our school, including personalized education and the Next Generation Skills.
Where will students intern? Students will be matched with partner organizations aligned with their interests and skills. Examples of partner organizations may include a local restaurant or a corporate law firm.
When will students intern? Students will intern at the end of the school day 2-3 days/week beginning at approximately 3:00pm until an agreed upon time with partner organization. 5pm would a typical end time. On non-internship days, students will work on school related-assignments or complete internship tasks virtually.
Is it mandatory? The internship program pilot is not a mandatory requirement. Only students meeting requirements,and applying to intern will participate in Spring 2017. Starting Fall 2017, all juniors and future seniors will be expected to become internship ready to participate in an internship for course credit.
Will transportation be provided for students? No (Not yet). Students will walk, drive themselves (or a parent will), or use public transportation to commute to their internship site.
Will students get paid? Whether a student is paid will be decided by the partner organization. Students may have a paid or unpaid internship experience. However, financial benefit or compensation will not be considered when placing a student in an internship as the primary benefit will be educational.
Who will be responsible or liable for students during internship time? Since students will be officially released from school under the condition they will be interning, and issued work permits to become paid interns or unpaid interns of the partner organization, DISD will not have any legal responsibility for the student while they intern. However, student safety is a the first priority for IDEA and every measure will taken to ensure students are placed at safe and comfortable internship sites and have a plan in place for a safe commute. The internship coordinator and partner organization will work together closely to ensure a safe working environment for the student.