for Business: Get Ready for HS Internships
How it works:
“Open For Business: Get Ready for HS Internships” gives the students the opportunity to discuss fears and expectations
of the work world, and prepare themselves for internships.
The purpose of the Internship
• Link successful school habits and work ethic to a practical work
• Understand the connection between school, work and achieving goals
• Develop and apply work habits and skills in a real-world setting
• Focus on possible career interests
• Understand the culture of the workplace and learn to interact with
• Get a broad understanding of a business or occupation
• Connect work and learning at school with the work place
• Inspire students to become active citizens and members of the work
Makes general preparation for entering the work force
Displays reliability and a basic work ethic
Working with others
materials include access to the Internet, word processing software, printer,
paper, pen and pencils.
12th grade students at the Institute for Collaborative Education,
a small 6-12th grade NYC public school go on internships during their
final 2 cycles (February – June) in High School. The Senior Interns
work four days a week in real world situations related to possible
jobs and professions they might want to pursue after college.
“Open For Business: Get Ready for HS Internships” helps students prepare for entering the work force through the use
of guided discussions, Internet resources, and prepared worksheets.
The skills and experience acquired through the internship period can
be applied to future employment.
As a working
professional who has gone through the trials and tribulations of finding
and maintaining a job, you have tremendous insight into the anxieties
and concerns of future interns. You might find yourself identifying
with the students and often reflecting and questioning on your own
professionalism and practice. Be objective, empathetic, encouraging
and exemplify professionalism.
About the teacher:
Meryl Meisler wears many hats at the Institute for Collaborative
Education in NYC. She is the Internship Coordinator, Admissions Director
and teaches art at this small progressive school. Meryl has received
a Disney American Teacher Award in visual arts, serves on the Teachers
Network Board of Directors, and is a consultant to the Whitney Museum’s
online learning department while being an accomplished in her own