Imagine being offered a menu of around 300 internships in fields that include business, education, visual and performing arts, social sciences, law, communications, and technology. Which would you choose?
Earlier in your high school career, the choice of an independent project over a five-week module would have been overwhelming. But by the beginning of senior year, your academic and Co-Curriculum experience will help you narrow your options. You’ll have a firm sense of your personal interests and motivations. You may have a good sense of your likely college major, or even of the career that attracts you most. So choosing your senior Co-Curriculum internship will be that much simpler.
The experience of an internship of your choosing is an opportunity to check your ideal vision against reality. What does the daily life of a neurosurgeon actually look like? Do you like working behind a desk or are you more interested in work that keeps you on the move? Is teaching a class of preschoolers as rewarding as you expected? Is ministry the right path for you?
You will be challenged to think of your role as a leader and expert in a specific topic area through your capstone project. Just as you identified a national policy issue during Junior Co-Curriculum, you will identify a specific topic, problem, or issue that relates to your internship in your senior year. You will present a research and action-based position on this topic. For example, as an intern at an architecture firm you may want do focus your capstone project on sustainable architecture.
Senior Co-Curriculum gives you the chance to answer big questions about your future plans, and base those answers on the results of what is a very important experiment – not on guesswork. When the time comes to choose a college and declare a major, you will be way ahead of the game.
Students have done hands-on work at internship sites that have included
Internship sites change every year depending on availability and student interest.