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CHS Internship Program Fast Facts

CHS is connecting local companies and organizations to the bright minds of the future workforce right now! We have 50 senior high school student interns available for Spring Semester 2019 placement. Read more below!

Program Description

All 12th grade Academy students in good academic standing have the opportunity to participate in a field internship as part of the Experiential Work Experience Elective course, taught by a CHS teacher, in their final year at Clairemont High.  During first or second semester, students take the internship course during their 4th period (last period of the day) which enables them to leave campus and apply their skills in an off-campus professional industry setting a few days per week. Internships are usually 4-10 afternoon hours per week for 10-12 weeks.  Interns are required to complete a minimum of total 40 hours of work. Interns are supported throughout the program by their instructor and are graded on hours worked, reflections, and most importantly, evaluations by their supervisors. Internships are typically unpaid, though sometimes, paid internships may be available.

Student Intern Qualifications:

The CHS Academy students have taken a sequence of three or more courses for their chosen industry pathway in business, engineering, medical sciences or information technology. Students are also trained in Microsoft applications (Excel, Word, Publisher, and PowerPoint), Google applications (Google searches, Google Drive, Google Calendar, etc.) and social media. In addition, students had extensive hands-on training in essential workplace soft skills such as: communication, collaboration, teamwork, analysis/ solution mindset, entrepreneurial mindset, self-awareness, resilience, adaptability and workplace professionalism.

Internship Placements & Partnerships

CHS student interns can be placed into their field internships in one of two ways: (1) A student can seek out his or her own internship and apply, provided that the company or organization meets our criteria and registers with CHS to complete all necessary paperwork to host an intern. (2) A student can also choose to interview for an internship with one of our industry or community partners who requests an intern. In this case, students will participate in an on-campus interview fair arranged by CHS.

Intern Placement Details for 2018-19 School Year:

  • Intern Request Form Application Window: January 25 - February 25, 2019 (Spring)
  • Internship Duration: 10-12 weeks
  • Intern Start Date: March 12, 2019 (Spring)
  • Intern End Date: May 31, 2019 (Spring)
  • Intern Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday (depending on student schedule), starting at (usually) 1:00 -1:30 pm. Intern end work time varies and is dependent upon site location, transportation time, and student’s afternoon school schedule.
  • Intern Weekly Hours: Ideally interns will work 4-10 hours per week
  • Transportation: Students drive or take bus. (MTS transit passes provided by district for students.)
  • Liability: Workers’ Compensation covered by school district for all unpaid internships
  • Evaluation: Interns monitored weekly by instructor,  evaluated by site internship supervisor 

Steps to Host an Intern for 2018-19 School Year:


  • Fill out and return the online Intern Request Form by Feb. 25, 2019 (Spring)
  • Attend the Intern Supervisor Orientation & Intern Interview Fair on Feb 28 and/or March 1, 2019 from 11:30 am - 2:30 pm at Clairemont High Library



  • If you haven’t already, please take a moment to look over our Internship Program Fast Facts as PDF and also explore the info below to verify that the times and goals of this internship program fit with your company’s needs. You can preview some of the materials such as our Internship Supervisors’ Handbook and Training Presentation.



  • Are you new to the CHS Internship Program? If so, prior to making a final determination if we can place an intern at your site, please contact Program Coordinator Liz Rush at erush@sandi.net to set up a telephone interview or face-to-face appointment, so we can learn more about about your internship position, company, and work environment.
  • Are you a returning Intern Supervisor from previous years? If so, you may skip this step.



  • Clairemont High requires all intern supervisors to attend an important orientation session which will provide program guideline information and explain the required paperwork to host a student intern.
  • During the weeks leading up to the orientation, we will ask students to send resumes to the intern supervisors with whom they wish to interview. Then, we encourage supervisors to conduct formal interviews by either scheduling individual interviews, or attending our pre-organized CHS Internship Interview Fair
  • The Orientation and Interview Fair will take place on February 28 & March 1, 2019 11:30AM - 2:00PM at the Clairemont High Library.  If there is a critical conflict, please contact Program Coordinator Liz Rush at erush@sandi.net to set up an alternative option.
  • This event is a perfect opportunity for intern supervisors to schedule interviews with two or more of our student intern applicants. ***Note: Supervisors who hosted an intern in the Fall semester and are continuing into Spring, may choose to opt out of interviews.



  • Based on interview feedback, CHS will place interns in the days following the Internship Interview Fair. It is our goal to have all student interns placed and ready to begin working at their site by March 13, 2019 (Spring). We encourage supervisors to use the first day of the internship for student intern paperwork, orientation, and training.   


Important Dates for 2018-19 Internship Program (be sure to look at Spring)




















For questions, please contact Internship Program Coordinator Liz Rush at erush@sandi.net