Shadow Day / Internship

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        Preparing Youth for Life!

How and Why you should do an internship during high school!

Internship at Virtual Academy is an "elective."  How nice is that? If you want a chance to explore a career you've never considered or gain real-world experience that can help you determine whether a particular career path is right for you, then sign-up with your Principal in the fall or spring.  The Career Center is here to help students through their continued educational journey where internships are offered all year, Monday through Friday 8:00-5:00pm. 
Each Internship site is carefully monitored by the Internship Coordinator.  Students who intentionally want to learn specific career goals while reflecting actively on what he or she is learning throughout their experience will benefit both academically and personally. High school students are increasingly finding that the real-world experience of an internship can offer a significant boost to their college and career success.  
Because an internship is defined as a learning experience, proper supervision of the intern is essential. Before you begin your internship, mentors must be fingerprinted.  It is required by the El Dorado Union High School District before a high school student starts their internship!  
It is recommended that students research companies and talk to companies where they would like to intern. It has been proven that students are more productive if they do the research. Your Internship Coordinator will contact the company to set-up a meeting between the student and the mentor.  Once the mentor has agreed, they will get fingerprinted, if they aren't already.  Once their fingerprinting has cleared, your internship will begin!
Ongoing supervision of the intern student is the key to the success of the internship.  The Mentor and the Internship Coordinator will oversee the student's intern work.  At the end of the internship Mentors are required to provide a student assessment to give to the Internship Coordinator. 
Interns will work with a mentor 5 hours per week on 12 consecutive weeks, Monday through Friday, off on holidays.  Students who have successfully completed their internship will receive a certificate of completion from their Principal and Internship Coordinator at the end of the school year! 
Stop by your Career Center to pick up your "Student Internship Program Guide."  Workshops for all intern students will be held on Fridays the first two weeks in August during 4th period in the commons.  
Canvas - Internship assignments and timesheets are turned in weekly!  Please log into canvas every week and monitor your assignments.
Google Fusion Table - To be updated fall 2019.   Companies who are fingerprinted for Virtual Academy will be shared with all internship students. Over 80+ businesses.  You can add a company to the table. If you don't see a company listed, students are encouraged to talk to businesses to get an internship. 
Job Shadowing - Will be based upon student's career interests.  The Career Center will set-up job shadows for you and provide transportation.  Stop by the Career Center to pick-up a Job Shadow form.
Fundraising events for all VA students - Every year the Internship Coordinator has a fundraising event for all VA students to participate. Most students would agree the fashion show is a lot of fun.  ROP Cosmetology students participate by helping our models with their hair and make-up.  If you are interested in ROP Cosmetology this is a good way to job shadow and talk to the teachers.  We just had our 5th Annual Fashion Show.   Please see latest flyer!
In addition, we have kept the tradition of the cake auction.  We just had our 15th Annual Cake Auction event in March. Check out the flyer!
Mentor's luncheon is held the first week in May.  All intern students, a parent, mentors and staff attend. Students will receive their "Certificate of Completion" and talk about their internship experience.  This year, several students were hired!   Invitations will be sent out in March.  

Do you want to know what intern students are saying about their internships?

My internship at the flower shop inspired me career-wise more than any classes or hobbies or anything of the sort.  It's a common bit of advice, but a lot of people will say that you won't know what you want to do until you go out there and try some things.  If I could do high school over, I would get involved with the internship program as soon as possible to try out more than one internship.   I did get hired at my internship.
 by Kayla Nagel
I encourage every student at the Virtual Academy to take advantage of this program because it is the bedrock of why this type of school can create such uniquely successful people.  The purpose behind public charter schools like this is to allow students to pursue their academics at a prominent level, while also providing the opportunity to experience life and career in order to prepare them more appropriately for post high school plans.
  by Bailey McBride currently pursuing her degree in biomedical
My internship at the hospital was a great experience.  I built a good rapport with the staff and management and was even invited to come back to work as an acute care assistant.  The internship taught me some specific skills that are done in hospitals such as taking vitals as well as many universal skills such as formality, professionalism, working as a team, handling, and observing difficult situations, and customer service.  I always list this internship on my resumes and mention it in all of my job interviews!
  by Catherine Mapagay