The paid internship is perhaps the most memorable and critical component in the Academy experience for high school students. It is also one of the most rewarding, as it is the opportunity for students to apply, in a real world setting, what they've learned in the Academy and core classes during the preceding years. To ensure that each student's paid internship lives up to the expectations of all the participants, all stakeholders must invest an appropriate amount of time and resources (135 hours).
A paid internship is not just a job; it is an extension of the Academy classroom instruction and curriculum, further developed and challenged in a business environment, supervised by business leaders in a real-world setting, resulting in a broad, relevant, enriching educational experience for the student. When it is done correctly, paid internships provide the context in which a student's classroom learning is applied.
The paid internship doesn't stop at just applying classroom skills in a work environment. It also exposes the student to a broad view of work experiences and situations, which could be expected if the student were to pursue a career in that field. The student is also exposed to a broad array of soft, workplace skills: teamwork, decorum, ethics, creativity, time management, ingenuity, problem-solving, comportment, critical thinking and a solid understanding of the importance of excellent written and oral communications skills.
This combination of benefits provides an invaluable foundation for any career the student chooses to pursue in the future.