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.
Employ a part-time student intern on a paid or unpaid basis 2-3 days a week
Ensure the student has a mentor/supervisor to work alongside, direct tasks, and evaluate
Provide a positive work environment for the students and meaningful work for the students interested in design and entrepreneurship
How it Works
Students may leave the last period (or arrive after first period) of the school day, 3:00pm, to intern. Alternatively, 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.
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.
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.
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.