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Garden Spot High School


Prospective Interns

This page is for rising high school seniors who are interested in participating in an internship placement during the Fall or Spring semester of their junior and/or senior year.  Please use the resources on this page to learn about the application process and how to find a mentor.

What is the Internship Program? Garden Spot High School allows high school seniors to have an opportunity to participate in an off-campus unpaid internship. The students who typically participate in the internship program are the super motivated, college-bound student who loves school! The goal of the internship is to allow students to have an authentic working experience that will help them determine their future career and educational path.

Do I earn a class credit for Internship?  Yes, you will earn 1 elective credit on a 4.0 scale.

What is the role of the student? The student and mentor will need to determine the anticipated job duties/responsibilities that the student will perform. This will be agreed upon and placed on an internship agreement document (provided by the school). The job responsibilities should be related to the career interest of the student.

What is the role of the mentor and business? The mentor will guide the student with job responsibilities and soft skills in order to be successful in a career. The mentor will also be required to evaluate the student’s work performance two times per semester by using the provided evaluation form. The mentor will also be required to have their clearances if the student is under the age of 18.

What is the time frame of the internship? The student must participate in the internship for 1 semester (Semester 1: the end of August – beginning of January. Semester 2: the beginning of January – beginning of June). The requirement is that each intern participates in their internship 5 days a week for 80 minutes per day (the length of a regular classroom block). However, depending on the location of the business and the job duties being performed, the student could instead participate in the internship just 2 or 3 days a week as long as they log a minimum of 6 hours and 40 minutes each week in their internship experience. If the internship is off campus, the student most likely could leave the high school campus around 12:30 pm to travel to the business hosting the internship.

Is the internship a paid position?  Some internships are paid, the majority are not.  If the internship is a paid experience, the student (if under the age of 18) must obtain working papers and complete any other required employment documents required by the business hosting the internship.

Can I leave the HS campus to go to my internship?  Yes!  The requirement is that you attend your internship 5 days a week for 80 minutes a day, or just 2 or 3 days a week as long as you log a minimum of 6 hours and 40 minutes.  You must provide your own transportation.  If you have open campus privileges, you may leave campus at 11:55am for your internship.  If you do not have open campus privileges, then you may leave campus at 1:10pm.

What are the required clearances? If the student intern is under the age of 18, the mentor is required to have their clearances. The required clearances can be found on the ELANCO website.

How do I find a business and mentor that will have me as their intern?  There are a few ways to find a business and mentor that are looking to host a student intern.

  1. You can find internships to apply for at the Internship Fair here at Garden Spot.  Network with the businesses in attendance, complete applications, and schedule interviews.  Click on the link above to learn more about the upcoming Internship Fair.
  2. You can make your own phone calls to businesses that you are interested in having an internship.  You can explain to them the details of the GSHS Internship Program, direct them to this website, and give them Mrs. Hackman’s contact information for further information.  If they are willing to participate in the program they may have you complete an application and interview you before starting your internship.

How do I get Internship on my class schedule for my senior year?  

  1. The first step is to add Internship to your schedule during course selection.
  2. Next, you need to find a business willing to have you as an intern.
  3. Lastly, you need to complete an Internship Training Agreement & Plan for final acceptance into the Internship program.  You can pick up an application from Ms. Hackman in the Career Center.

What are the required assignments during my internship?  The assignments are subject to change, however, you can most likely expect to complete a daily log where you keep track of your daily responsibilities.  You will also be asked to write a blog post about your experience complete a few other writing assignments for your experience.  Your mentor will submit 2 evaluations regarding your performance in the internship.

Who do I go to for questions?  Please see Mrs. Hackman in the Career Center or send her an email @ for more information.

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