The Internship Program

Why wait until college to have valuable internship experiences? Encouraging internships during high school is a growing trend across the United States. However, schools must ensure that students are able to learn the most from their internships. It can be difficult for students to find organizations that fit their interests and allow high school interns. I have heard numerous internship success stories as well as spoken to students who were disappointed by their internship. Much of this variation is the result of whether or not the organization mentors the student and actively involves him or her in the work. Consequently, school should make a point to reach out to businesses in the community so that mutually beneficial internships can be organized. If these connections can be formed there is a higher likelihood that students will intern at an organization that they can learn the most from.

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Student-Organized Electives

Student Study Group

 

I have previously discussed how the motivation to learn will benefit from increased student flexibility; however, specific examples of this weren’t given. This theory could manifest itself through student-organized elective courses. Allowing students to create classes that they are truly interested in will promote exploration, and the students’ organization of the classes is conducive of responsibility. I have recently become aware of a similar program called “Group Independent Study Projects” at Brown University. Creating a similar program at Ridgefield High School is something that I will explore with school administration, as it would bring life to the ideas set forth in my book. Further details along with the logistics of this plan will be released when my book is published in April 2015.

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