Finding work for students in the community is an important part of Francis Parker School’s heritage. According to our School’s namesake, Colonel Francis W. Parker, students cannot be truly educated unless some of their learning takes place in the community. Parker’s Interim Internship Program matches juniors and seniors with unpaid, job shadowing experiences over a one-week period during the month of February.
Students are connected to sponsors with The Director of Community Engagement’s (Mr. Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org
) assistance. Some students come to their first interview with a connection already made and some do not. In either regard, a skills assessment is conducted and a preliminary interview is scheduled. Students are then matched with a sponsor. Students write a formal letter of interest and wait for potential sponsors to confirm their desire to have a student intern with them. This year, mandatory skill-building sessions related to job correspondence (e.g. cover letter and resume writing), presentation (e.g. interviewing and networking), soft skills (e.g. professionalism in the workplace) and keys to professional success will take place during Flex Periods.
The Program intends to familiarize students with a business, government agency or service organization in the community. Over a one-week period students keep a daily log of their learning experiences related to a field of work that interests them. They also enhance their knowledge and skills in areas of punctuality, responsibility, cooperation and communication. The culminating experience for students is a written report and presentation to ninth and tenth graders about the experience.
Summer Internships are located by students and currently there is no formal program. Mr. Dunn assists students in the discovery of said internships and can provide a tailored program for students if their sponsor requires.