Our vision for this brand-new, four-year STEM-focused internship is to change the way Arizona high school students are educated, using a unique, immersive experience. We aim to provide a systemic pathway for students to work with and learn from valley businesses throughout their high school journey, in a way that will prepare them for lifelong experiences both in and outside of the classroom environment. To accomplish this, we are focused on the four Es: Education, Exposure, Experience, and Environment – our partnership with many incredible local businesses has created a multifaceted approach encompassing career events, job shadowing, information sessions, hands-on experience, and much more.
As the program evolves, we look forward to creating new educational experiences to set our students up for success within the halls of Highland Prep Academies, and beyond, into our local communities. Highland Prep internship programs give you a first look into what the career life will be like, giving you opportunities to gain experience in different environments to see what fits you. Even though your internship might feel like a job it’s actually a learning experience, where you will acquire new skills.
According to US News and Report, “internships can dramatically increase employment potential for students. A 2019 survey of internship programs by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 70% of interns received a job offer.”Article link
College Readiness In the early screen process college recruiters look for initiative, they are making decisions purely from the application you and your career counsel submits. Your application reveals much about your character and your HP intership will set you apart and may help you earn that acceptance letter.
Career Path Direction If awarded a MHP internship it will prepare you for transition from a classroom to the career environment. You discover and grow from your personal strengths and weaknesses.
Networking Networking is another major benefit that comes from participating in a HP internship. Creating valuable professional connections that can aid you on college and career path.
Experience, Marketable Skills and Competencies By completing an internship, you will gain invaluable skills, that your peers will not have, which are needed to be successful in your college and professional endeavor. You will give yourself an overwhelming competitive edge by combing your education with real world experiences.
Personal Character Being able to have a strong character, solidifying your self identity, and having integrity, are invaluable competencies that an internship can provide. These character traits will stay with you your entire life and help you have a successful and satisfying career.
Final thoughts, a HP internship can help you figure out what you want to do, but also what you don’t want. This will potentially help you avoid investing money and time to obtain a degree in a field, or choose a type of career you have no interest in.
How to Get Started
Getting started with an internship begins with making the decision that you want to make the personal investment in time and energy to find the appropriate internship in your area of interest. We recommend you speak to your parents, school faculty and administrators, peers, and anyone else who has your best interest at heart, to help you with this decision. We also recommend doing your own research on the benefits of completing an internship.
The following are Internship Prerequisites that you must meet in order to take an internship assignment
3.25 unweighted GPA or better
A completed resume with references
Excellent record of school attendance
Must be in good standing with your required credits for your grade level
Successful completion of the Professionalism training course
Positive attitude about learning
Ability to meet employer requirements for hours worked
Transportation to and from the internship location
If you are committed to the decision and meet the requirements, the final step is to express interest in an internship by completing the following form:
This form will take a few minutes to complete and will help school administrator match you as best as possible to an internship
Once received you will then be contacted and a formal Intake Meeting will be held to review the form and discuss available opportunities and/or how to begin searching for an internship
In addition to the intake meeting, please review this website for opportunities, look at al all school bulletin boards for opportunities, watch for announcements, and conduct your own research for potential openings
Our Innovative Internship Program fully complements a company’s commitment to furthering diversity, equity and inclusivity (DE&I) in its workforce and in the STEM field more broadly. As part of your CSR agenda, our internship programs offer your teams the opportunity to engage with the next generation of STEM leaders and to give back to the community. Our internship profile illuminates the highly rigorous curriculum HP students master. Companies therefore have a strategic opportunity to hire Highland Prep Student Interns to support business operations and to provide future talent acquisition.
Additional benefits a company will gain through our Innovative Internship Program include:
Participate in a social/corporate responsibility initiative
Expose students, family, and the community to your employer brand
Gain access to students who have transportable skill in the areas of research, testing, design, robotics, coding and autoCad
Train and access capacity for current or future challenging roles
Provide volunteer and mentor opportunities to make an impact on a student’s life
Potentially sponsor a student intern through college to strengthen your work force with home-grown talent