• Update for Senior Intership Program - April 3, 2020

    At this point in time, it is necessary to make the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 Senior Internship Program.  We know this is very disappointing to our seniors, and it is for us as well.  There is simply no way to facilitate the program with school and businesses closed as part of Governor Wolf’s Stay-at-Home order extending indefinitely.  For those seniors who had finalized their internship plans, we suggest they reach out to their Community Sponsor to see if it is possible to do the internship in June or over the summer.

    As a result of our decision on Senior Internship, the last day of school for seniors will be Friday, May 29th.  

     

     

     

     

    2020 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 2020 are Monday, May 4 through May 29. 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.