Internship Program Update

Posted on: December 8th, 2012 by Jennifer Boulanger

School Without Walls provides students with an invaluable opportunity to gain real-work experience through its internship program for juniors and seniors. In this program, students are required to obtain an internship that exposes them to an area of interest. They must complete 60 hours of internship work, as well as related coursework, for which they receive academic credit.

Over the past few months, we have been working with Compass Incubator, a student-run consulting group from Georgetown University, to further develop and improve the SWW internship program.

We are looking to parents to assist us in two areas:

Expanding the network of internships. If your company or organization is able to support a student intern, or you know someone who would, please contact Lauren Adamo at lauren.adamo@dc.gov. We will be developing a database with possible sources of internships that students can access, and would like to provide students with as many opportunities as possible. Interns usually dedicate about 90 minutes twice a week to their internship. Students are not expected to receive payment for their internship work. Students may not hold internships in their parent’s place of employment.

Serving as a mentor to a Walls Intern. As this is the first work experience for many of the interns, it would be helpful for students to have a mentor who will serve as a resource during their experiences, answer questions that arise and advise the students when necessary. We are also reaching out to alumni and current George Washington students to fill that role. If you are interested in serving as a mentor, please contact Lauren Adamo at lauren.adamo@dc.gov.

Thank you for your support of SWW and the internship program. We look forward to hearing from you soon. If parents would like to know more about our work with Compass, please contact parent Susan Bandler at srbandler@gmail.com.