Thursday, June 15, 2017

Can you use an Internship for High School Credit ? (A Review)

Apologia Educational Ministries could be considered one of the cornerstone companies in the Christian Homeschool Education Publishing world. They have branched out from their most well known original science curricula to many other homeschooling subjects and helps, including one of their latest offerings, a workbook on Internship for High School Credit.

Internship for High School Credit is a spiral-bound 99 page workbook intended to introduce the concept of considering internships during the high school years, as well as practical helps in making an internship happen for your student AND offering credit for that internship on a high school transcript.

The Introduction to the book discusses reasons for internships and helps to assess whether an internship might be a good fit for your child.

Part 1 is written to the student~ "Getting Started"
Each one of the sections in Part 1 include discussions about making decisions, and/or practical tips and helps. The contents include:
  • Determining the Type of Internship
  • Choosing a Company
  • Preparation
  • Receiving High School Credit ~ this is a particularly helpful section, as it gives the student information on how to determine what credit(s) they plan to receive, how many, and how to organize their schedule to reflect that. 
  • Writing a Resume'
  • Letter of Introduction
  • Sample Student Resume'
The Resume' and Letter of Introduction segments offer helpful information on organizing these important documents as well as some samples which can be used to model their own resume's and Letters of Introduction. I always find it easier to figure out something like this when I have a bit of a template to follow! 
  • The Interview
  • After the Interview
  • Gearing Up for the First Day
Again, these sections offer practical suggestions (for example, try to memorize the interviewer's name, even if you only learn it at the interview itself~ that makes a good impression) and helps as the student moves into the area of actually getting an internship.
  • Part 2 is written to the parents~ "Information for Parents" with discussions about:
  • Choosing an Internship Location ~ gives some practical questions to think about when contemplating a specific company (an example... Do the employees bring their lunches, or eat in restaurants or order out regularly~ these are good things to consider, that I wouldn't have thought of on my own~ is it financially feasible for your child to intern at a specific company/location baed on the practical aspects of the job). 
  • Child Labor Laws 
  • Transcript Documentation
  • Course Title and Number
  • Number of Credits
  • Grades
All of these sections offer suggestions on the practical side of creating your own course through the internship, and how to go about it. Nothing is laid out precisely, because there are so many variables and options for possible internships, but there are concrete examples of hours required and credits assigned. 

Parts 3-5 return to the student.
Parts 3 and 4 are the practical workbook section, one for each semester, and include

  • How to Use the Worksheets
  • Semester Goals
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  • Evaluation sheets
  • Midterm and Final Work Performance assessment pages (For work supervisor to complete~ see example below)
  • and Summary pages.

Part 5 wraps everything up in a neat package by suggesting final writing assignments for the student ~ one to summarize their experience, and a thank you note to the company providing the internship. It also discusses asking for a letter of recommendation and updating your resume'.

My son isn't able to apply for an internship this summer due to various activities and family commitments, but he definitely appreciated how well the book is laid out~ simple and clear without any confusing elements.

I appreciate the idea of an internship, as it is a good way to determine what our children are interested in doing for the rest of their lives. So much better to find out waaaaayyyy before college that an accounting office (or a dental office, or a landscaping company) are exactly the sort of atmosphere where your child will either flourish or fade, and will help to make future decisions that much easier (And if they can get high school credit at the same time, so much the better!).

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