The Christ School Internship Program is designed to offer students in 10th-12th grades the opportunity to explore professional opportunities while gaining skills and experiences working in a variety of fields and industries in the Greater Asheville Area. Students may participate in internships during one or more of the three sports seasons as an alternative to an on-campus activity. Here are a few questions to consider as you look to pursue an internship:
- What does a typical internship look like?
- Can a student be paid for an internship?
- How does a student work to secure an internship?
- How do students get to and from their internship?
- Anything else?
Participating in an internship during one of the sports’ seasons at Christ School is a 10-15 hour, weekly commitment. Students partner with local businesses, law firms, and other organizations to sponsor their internship. The student and his parents, the sponsoring institution, and Christ School must work together to outline a plan for an internship program. Students must outline goals, expectations, and a schedule that the student and the supporting team agree on from the outset. Students must spend at least three days a week working off campus at their internship. During that time students may be working in an office or at a variety of locations, depending on the nature of the internship and needs of the business. For the 1-2 days a week that students spend on campus, they are expected to work independently in the Media Center on academic work or preferably on work related to their internship.
An internship is an opportunity to learn new skills, gain exposure to the professional world, and connect with individuals and groups from across the Asheville area. Students may receive compensation for their internship, but they must demonstrate that their experience is rooted in the foundation of working as an intern, not simply as a paid employee or hourly worker.
1. Brainstorm what kind of internship you might want to experience. What industry or profession? What kind of work would you want to do?
2. Look at your network of friends, family, and acquaintances: do you know someone in the business or profession of interest who might help secure an internship?
3. Meet with Mr. Rankin before actively pursuing your internship experience.
*Team Effort to Pursue: While Christ School has an extensive network of contacts in the Asheville area, we do not offer any set internship on an annual basis. If a student is interested in pursuing an internship, the Student Life office will work with the student to assess what options might be a good fit. If the student knows the specific field of interest, Student Life will assist in finding in an internship that matches the student’s interest. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the student to secure the internship. Student Life will further assist in preparing a resume, interview skills, and other aspects of professional networking.
Culminating Project and Presentation: At the end of each season, Christ School students participating in internships are required to create a culminating project that assesses their internship experience. While this project helps ensure that students have a meaningful experience through this program, it also allows students to share what they learned, create relevant connections to academic work at Christ School, and inspire other students to participate in the internship program. Final projects may range from papers to presentations to videos. Students are encouraged to be creative and critical in their approach.
Conduct: Participating in an internship through Christ School means representing Christ School with class and abiding by our rules and standards.
Examples of internship experiences from the 2015-16 school year:
- Buncombe County Republican Party
- Fletcher Life Saving Crew
- Allergy Partners Marketing
- Family Dentistry in Asheville
- Altamus Commercial Real Estate
- White Oak Financial Group
If you are interested in learning more about the internship program or would like to begin the process of searching for an internship, please contact Mr. Rankin.