2021 Senior Internship Program OverviewConestoga logo

    Conestoga’s Senior Internship Program provides an opportunity for seniors in good standing to explore a potential career area during the month preceding their graduation.  The Internship dates for 2021 are Monday, May 10 through Friday, June 4. The student, with the help of a Faculty Advisor and a Community Sponsor in a business, professional field or community service organization, designs a program of observation or hands-on experience.

    The experience offers the student a chance to explore a field of interest or career area. In addition, the student gains insights into the responsibilities and skills necessary in a work environment.

    • In Phase I: Students explore their general areas of interest.  During this phase, they choose a Faculty Advisor and compose a letter of interest as they prepare to find a Community Sponsor. 

    • In Phase II: Students contact potential Community Sponsors within their area of interest and line up their internship. With help from parents and the Community Sponsor, the student will develop goals and a plan for the program.  The Community Sponsor oversees the student during the four weeks of the Senior Internship Program. 

    A Cooperative Effort

    A successful Senior Internship Program relies on the cooperative effort of students, parents, staff and Community Sponsors.

    The Advisory Committee:

    • Composed of an administrator, three counselors, three faculty members, a parent and the Program Coordinator.
    • Communicates throughout the process to make decisions concerning student placement and program policies.
    • Approves individual student placements as necessary. 

    The Program Coordinator (Jeanne Braun, Coordinator of Community & Volunteer Services): 

    • Meets with all seniors in orientation sessions and is available to students throughout the process.
    • Provides information on past successful internships including sponsor contact information, and student journals in the Student Services Center and the Media Center.
    • Consults with Counselors and Faculty Advisors about individual students, as well as the administration on the progress of the program.
    • Reads and reports on all evaluations and student journals.  

    The Faculty Advisor (unique to each student and requested by the student):  

    • Works with students in designing goals for individual programs.
    • Maintains contact with the Community Sponsor and the student during the internship program.
    • Communicates with the student throughout the program to monitor experiences and the student’s journals.
    • Completes an evaluation of the student’s experience at the conclusion of the program.  

    The Community Sponsor (person providing the internship):

    • Provides the student with a meaningful experiences offering a realistic perspective of the area of interest.
    • Communicates with the Faculty Advisor and the Coordinator as needed.
    • Completes background clearances as required by the PA Child Protective Services Law for interns under 18 years of age.
    • Completes an evaluation of the student’s experience. 

    The Parent/Guardian:

    • Encourages and aids the student in finding a meaningful internship experience.
    • Helps the student define goals for the experience.
    • Signs Student Proposal (Phase I) and the Parent Release Form (Phase II).
    • Oversees student attendance at their placement and completes an evaluation of their student’s experience.  

    The Student

    • Using all available resources, completes program requirements as outlined in the 2020 Timeline.
    • Initiates contact with the Program Coordinator and the Faculty Advisor as needed.
    • Assumes responsibility for understanding and adhering to the Program Guidelines.

    NOTE:  For the 2020 Internship Program, Community Sponsors who take a Conestoga intern under 18 years of age must have completed the following clearances: PA Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse Clearance, and FBI Criminal Record Check.