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Internship for High School Credit ~ Review

Are you looking for an internship opportunity for your teenager?  Did you know your kids can earn high school credit for the real life experiences they gain doing an internship?  Anytime of year you can fit in an internship experience will become an asset to your high school student’s future.

A great place to start your internship journey is a course offered by Apologia Educational Ministries called Internship for High School Credit.

Internship for High School Credit

Spiral Bound Text & Workbook All In One

99 pages

5 Chapters

Recommended for 9th -12th grade.

Retails $33.00

Internship for High School Credit workbook teaches students and parents all the steps necessary for obtaining and documenting their internship experience.   This workbook is intended to be used for either 1 or 2 semesters.  It includes the worksheets and activities to cover both semesters.  Most states require a full year of study or 150 hours of instruction to earn a full credit on the high school transcript, and a half year of study for a half credit. You can check out your state where you live to find out how much credit is earned for each course taken.

A typical school semester is 16 weeks long.  In general, for most students to earn 1/2 credit per course per semester.  They will need to combine the instruction in the workbook and intern on the job about 5 hours a week for 15/16 weeks to earn 1/2 credit. This could be done in conjunction with this workbook over a semester or over a summer to equal about 75 hours.  To earn 1 full credit for their transcript, a student will need to complete two semesters or 5 hours a week for 30+ weeks, or 10 hours a week for 15/16 weeks, to equal about 150 hours to reach the full credit.  

Benefits from doing a high school internship include:

  • Explore a career of choice
  • Gain experience related to career goals
  • Gain marketable skills
  • Build confidence
  • Bolster resume for future job applications.
  • Increase potential job offers.
  • Learn day to day job responsibilities.
  • Discover potential likes and dislikes about a job.
  • Discover if a college degree is needed for a particular job of interest and understand how to set goals to get the job you desire.
  • Focus college major more closely on job interests.
  • Bolster College Application
  • Increase College Scholarship Opportunities

This course workbook contains 5 Chapters that cover about 40 +/- valuable lessons including worksheet activities and evaluations to complete.

Chapters and lessons include:

Part I: Getting Started

  • Determining the Type of Internship
  • Choosing a Company
  • Preparation
  • Receiving High School Credit
  • Writing a Résumé
  • Letter of Introduction
  • Sample Letter of Introduction
  • Sample Student Résumé
  • The Interview
  • After the Interview
  • Gearing Up for the First Day

Part II: Information for Parents

  • Choosing an Internship Location
  • Child Labor Laws
  • Transcript Documentation
  • Course Title and Number
  • Number of Credits
  • Grades

Part III: First Semester

  • How to Use the Worksheets
  • Semester Goals
  • Weekly Worksheet I
  • Weekly Worksheet II
  • Weekly Worksheet III
  • Weekly Worksheet IV
  • Midterm Work Performance
  • End-of-Semester Work Performance
  • Skills Gained
  • First Semester Summary
  • A Bonus Benefit

Part IV: Second Semester

  • How to Use the Worksheets
  • Biweekly Worksheet I
  • Biweekly Worksheet II
  • Midterm Work Performance
  • End-of-Semester Work Performance
  • Second Semester Summary

Part V: Course Wrap-Up

  • Final Writing Assignment
  • Thank-You Note
  • Sample Thank-You Note
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Updating Your Résumé

The first two chapters can be completed before the internship begins and include writing resumes, setting goals, and finding internship opportunities.   The last three chapters need to be completed during the actual internship because they involve worksheets including time logs and performance evaluations and finally updating the resume with the new skills and experience acquired.

I highly recommend this course for families with high school age students. This course has taught us how to set initial career goals, write a resume, and plan and evaluate an internship.  We have enjoyed learning with this course and plan for the oldest son to do an internship at some point in the near future.

We have two boys currently of high school age and plan to order another workbook for the second oldest soon, then we have another one coming up in age right behind him too.  So before long, we might have three boys using this course.

Before reviewing this course, both of the older two boys discussed doing an apprenticeship with a construction company, one wanted to work outdoors with his hands and the other wanted to work in the office setting and marketing, and the next son hasn’t yet decided where he would like to focus. I am confident this course will help him too.   This course has given our family new ideas and a method for doing internships to reach new goals.

About the Author:

The author of Internship for High School Credit is Sherri Seligson.  Sherri is a wife, mother, and homeschool mom.  She is also an accomplished author, scientist, researcher, teacher, and speaker at homeschool conventions, retreats, and science fairs.

According to the Apologia website, Sherri Seligson earned a degree in biology/premed with an emphasis in marine science.  She worked as a marine biologist for Disney World.  Sherri also worked for a time with predatory ocean creatures and has published research on shark behavior.

Sherri Seligson has also written several homeschool courses for Apologia Educational Ministries.  She has written the high school science curriculum “Exploring Creation with Marine Biology”, and she is the author and instructor for the DVDs that accompany the high school biology, chemistry, and advanced biology textbooks.  She has also written several unit study e-books for Grace Hill Media to go with the Dolphin Tale films, War Horse, and the DVD educational series Little Angels.

If you are looking for information about where and how to start homeschooling with your kids, then check out all of the great homeschooling products Apologia has to offer such as How to HOMESCHOOL with Stunning Confidence, Contagious Joy, and Amazing Focus (DVD & Coursebook).

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