We’ve all heard the chatter about unpaid versus paid internships over the past few weeks. Internship programs at companies of all sizes have been put into question. Are these internship experiences legal? Are these companies providing structured opportunities? Who is looking after the students?
We just launched our Intern Queen High School Ambassador Network and we’re learning more and more about how some of these students are taking advantage of internship programs and how their schools are making sure to stay in the middle of the internship equation.
One of our ambassadors attends Granada Hills Charter High School in Granada Hills, California. She was telling me about her internship experience and I wanted to share some of the interesting things her school and other high school’s are doing to monitor their internship programs.
1. At many high schools there is a person with the title, “Career Advisor”. This person is responsible for working with companies in the area and either creating new internship programs for high school students or working the students into an existing program.
2. Many high school internship programs require students to intern 72 hours total over the course of the summer.
3. High School programs usually require students to send in weekly reports stating the number of hours the students work and the tasks they spend their time on. This helps the staff at the high school monitor the programs.
4. Employers are also asked to send in bi-weekly reports indicating the progress of the students and how they are spending their time.
5. At the end of the internship, the student receives a “certificate of completion” from his or her high school.