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    West Central High School Senior Internship Program
               For more information, contact Kärin Renner, Internship Supervisor, at
               605.528.6236 ext. 1121 or e-mail Karin.Renner@k12.sd.us 

                                                                          

        Our Mission: To prepare all students for learning and living in a changing world
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LEARN outside these four walls.  LEARN from an expert.  LEARN about yourself.  LEARN about the REAL world.
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Spring 2015 Calendar   8-Hour Day Form  
Employer Eval Form    Other Documents
                 
"Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."
      --Theodore Roosevelt

"When people go to work, they shouldn't have to leave their hearts at home.”
     --Betty Bender

”You've achieved success in your field when you don't know whether what you're doing is work or play."
     --Warren Beatty

What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us,
 doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.

     –Julia Cameron

Spring 2015 Senior Internship Assignments

Week of May 11-15

**Click to Complete
 this survey for Kristy Jackson

Please take time to add to the comments section!
 

 

I will be emailing you the photos I took.  If Mrs. O. took photos of you, she probably already emailed them to you.  If I forget, remind me! 


 

Hand me your final calendars and 8-hour day forms!

Final Assignments:
1. One of the final assignments will be an INTERNSHIP THANK YOU LETTER (click to read!!) with a stamped addressed envelope to your worksite supervisor.  Also, insert a photo we sent you into the thank you letter! Here are some samples:
Sample 1

Sample 2
Sample 3 (read thank you letter tips then scroll down to page 3)
**If you are a REPEATING intern, you will be utilizing a West Central thank you card (unless you think your supervisor might like a photo!)


2. Update your resume to reflect your internship. Put it at the top of your Work Experience section and make it look like the other jobs below it.  Dates should be January 2015-May 2015.  Include a job title (Intern), name of business, duties on the internship, etc.   Also add any other activities, honors, experiences that you have had this spring!  For points, you need to show us that you have updated the resume AND e-mailed the resume to yourself so that you will have it for future use.  You WILL need it again sooner than you think!! Keep a copy on file!  Keep it in your e-mail! Send it to a cloud or dropbox online!

3. If you were a FIRST TIME INTERN, use the photos we took of you at your worksites to create a flyer like the ones in the internship binder. Flyer needs to include:
A. logo of the business if they have one

B. photo(s) of you,
C. description of the business (services provided)
D. your internship duties
E. your future plans, etc.  SEE SAMPLES!!

Attention Full Year Interns:

4.  If you were a repeating intern, I need your help to create a short promotional video for the West Central Internship Program. I will merge all of your video segments together. Save it to my dropbox on the server.
Utilize iMovie.  Plop in the business logo of your work site first then drag in the photo(s) I sent you or ones you took. Do a short voice over on top of the photos to answer the following questions.  Maybe write a short little script to read CONVERSATIONALLY and so it doesn't SOUND like you are reading it!
Answer these questions in your response but don't make it SOUND like it's numbered.
a.Name
b. Where shadowed last year. Based on your shadow did you attend any camp or get other training? (scrubs?)
c. Tell us where you interned this year. Maybe give a couple highlights. Based on your internship, are you doing additional training or volunteering this summer?  (CPR, EMT, hospital volunteer?)
d. Tell us about your career plans (where you are headed) and how your internship influenced your career choice or what doors your internship opened for you.
e. Give advice to future seniors about taking advantage of internship program.

Sample 1:  I'm Fred Fender and I want to be a mechanic.  Last year I shadowed at Village Automotive and that experience convinced me I wanted to learn more about the job. Last summer I worked at a gas station and this year I have interned all year with a local auto mechanic.  When I first started last fall, I was mostly observing, but the longer I was there, the more they started to trust me to work on my own. Now I change oil, change tires, work on suspension systems, replace brakes and do pretty much everything the regular employees do. I am going to Southeast Tech and will be getting a degree in automotive technology. None of that would have been possible without my internship and now I have skills most other students won't have going into Southeast.

Sample 2: My name is Nellie Nature.  Because I've always been interested in the environment, last year I shadowed with a game, fish and parks officer. I really enjoyed my shadow, so last summer I put in a bunch of volunteer hours at the Outdoor Campus. That was a really smart thing to do because this year I landed an internship with the Minnehaha County Soil Conservation District. I've been spending the year working with soil and water conservationists doing tree plans, water testing, soil testing and CRP checks.  I also answer phones and field questions from farmers.  I have enrolled at SDSU and plan to get a degree in environmental science. My internship helped me land several major scholarships specific to science and nature and the outdoors and my scholarship interviews focused largely on my internship experiences.

Week of May 4-7

Bring April calendar!
Have May calendar signed, even if it's only 2 days!

 

This is it!  Last internship days are Thursday and  Friday!  Report to Mrs. Ollrich or to me during internship block NEXT week to finish final projects:
thank you letters
updated resumes to reflect internship experience
final projects

No  journal this week.

 
Week of April 27-May 1

Turn in April Calendar at the end of the week!

Next week is your last week at work sites, then you'll be back in my classroom!
Site visits have begun!  Keep checking your email!   Do NOT be the student who isn't there when I show up to take your photo and visit with your supervisor.  LET ME KNOW if you will not be at internship. 

Have you scheduled your 8-hour day?

Everyone post a Journal Response Here by Friday 5/1
 
Week of April 20-24

 

You have just 7 or 8 days left at your work sites!

Site visits have begun!  Keep checking your email!   Do NOT be the student who isn't there when I show up to take your photo and visit with your supervisor.  LET ME KNOW if you will not be at internship. 

Have you scheduled your 8-hour day?

April calendars will be due at the end of next week. Even though May is short, there will STILL be a May calendar.

Everyone post a Journal Response Here by Friday 4/24!
 
Week of April 13-17

 

Did you turn in Tools of the Trade Assignment?

New Interns post here by Friday 3/17

Returning Interns post here by Friday 3/17
Week of April 6-10 Bring March Calendars NOW!

Have you completed an 8-hour day?

Did you turn in the Tools of the Trade Assignment?  Check email!
Week of March
 30-April 3

 

Turn in March Calendars!
Week of March
 23-27

Going on Close-Up Trip?  Talk to work site supervisor and bring back March calendar NOW!

Pick up April & May calendar to give to supervisor NOW!
 

With 2 short weeks, I decided not to do a journal post, but PLEASE DO post this week by Friday!

NEW Interns post here by Friday 3/27

Returning Interns post here by  Friday 3/27


Have you talked about an extended day yet?  You can do an 8-hour day or break it into two 4-hour chunks.  Get a make-up slip from me!  We have Good Friday (April 3), Easter Monday (April 6), and Inservice (April 27) that would be good days!

March calendars will be due NEXT week!
Week of March 16-19
 

Pick up April & May calendar

Will post Monday night

Going on Close-Up Trip?  Talk to work site supervisor and bring back March calendar NOW!

 

Assignment: Consider a 4 or 8-hour day this Friday 3/13 or next Friday 3/20 when we don't have school! There is an 8-hour day form in your folder or at the 8-Hour Day Form button above. The form needs to be signed by your supervisor on your 4 or 8-hour day.

New Interns Post QuickTopic Journal #4 due by weekend

Returning Interns Post QuickTopic Journal #4 due by weekend

Week of March 9-12

No journal this week.
 
Do we have your supervisor's email address to send quarterly evaluation form?
Do we have your Jan and Feb. calendars?
Do we have your internship folder with proficiencies in it?
Have you posted all three journals?

Assignment: Consider a 4 or 8-hour day this Friday 3/13 or next Friday 3/20 when we don't have school! There is an 8-hour day form in your folder or at the 8-Hour Day Form button above. The form needs to be signed by your supervisor on your 4 or 8-hour day.


 
Week of March 2-6
 
Come and pick up a March calendar and turn in January & February signed calendar!
Choose the right journal below!!

NEW Interns post QuickTopic Journal #3 by Friday, March 6

Repeating/Returning Interns post QuickTopic Journal #3 by Friday, March 6
(Amanda, Ivy, Maria, Nasya, Syreeta)

Week of February 23-27
 
Come and pick up a March calendar!
Week of February 17-20
 
Everyone Post Quick Topic Journal #2 Response here by Saturday, Feb. 21st.
I believe that this topic is general enough that you ALL can respond, whether you are new to the site or back at the same place.
Week of February 9-13
 
Be sure we have your folders with all paperwork signed BEFORE you start at worksite! We're missing alot of them!

Post QuickTopic Journal #1 Here.   Everyone can post to the same one for this first one!

Week of January 26-30
 
Be sure we have your folders with all paperwork signed BEFORE you start at worksite!

As you finish proficiencies, put everything in your folders.  We must have all signed paperwork and proficiencies before you begin (#3, #5, #6, #9).
Check email VERY frequently

Everyone should be started at worksite by the end of this week, so we will start journal posts NEXT week!  If you have started at your worksite, be sure you are marking your attendance calendar with start and end time every day!
 
Week of January 19-23
 
As you finish proficiencies, put everything in your folders.  We must have all signed paperwork and proficiencies before you begin (#3, #5, #6, #9).
Check email VERY frequently--several times a day--this week as Kristy is getting meetings set up!

Did you highlight your calendar and pencil in days that you can not attend?

Visits this week:
Tuesday:
Weds: Amber (NAU at 2:00); Ivy (SDN at 2:00)
Thursday: 
Friday:
Week of January 12-16
Monday=last white day
Tuesday=new semester



 

 


 

Welcome to internship class!

Assignments are posted here on a WEEKLY basis.  Once you are at your worksite, there will be a weekly online journal post at QuickTopic usually posted on Monday and due by end of day Friday.  We will wait to start this until everyone is at worksite. That sometimes takes 2 weeks.


Fill out all of the paperwork. Get parent signatures. Copy driver's license and health insurance cards.
You may not start your internship until we have all paperwork signed and turned in.

When you are in school during internship time, always report to Mrs. Renner's (or Mrs. Oehlrich's Blue 1) room.  Most of you will start at worksites after next week, so come here daily until then. If you have 3rd intern and 4th open, report to Mrs. Renner during 4th.

Introduce WCHS Internship Program. (View slideshow on previous internships.)
Returning interns can share advice and info.

Kristy Jackson, West Central's Career Link Coordinator, will be here to meet each of you and talk about your placements. Continue to check your email and respond to her ASAP!

Go over all paperwork and forms.  Put all forms in your internship folder.  Visit all of the tabs above.

Assignments for these first two weeks:

**Make a copy of your calendar. One to give worksite and a duplicate to keep in your car. Be sure to record the days you will be gone!

Did you put a copy of drivers license and health insurance card in your folder?

Click Proficiencies tab above.  Read #3 Resumes.  Print just the quiz on page 9 and complete it.

"Clothes make the man."  Or do they?
Carefully read Proficiency #5 on Personal Appearance. Print BOTH the quiz and the extension activity. Google to find an article on
dressing for a job interview, dressing for the workplace, or dressing for success.  Do NOT choose the same article as a classmate!!  Put both the completed quiz and the article assignment in your internship folder.


Did you do the 10 pt. quiz, find an article and complete the article review for Prof #5 on Dressing for Success?

Please also complete Prof. #6 quiz on Interviewing Skills and Prof. #9 on Sexual Harassment.


**Completion/Exploration of a FREE online course related to your internship.

   
Last Semester  
Week of January 5-8

 

Come to class!
We will email you the photos we took on the job.
 

Final Assignments:
1. One of the final assignments will be an INTERNSHIP THANK YOU LETTER (click to read!!) with a stamped addressed envelope to your worksite supervisor.  Also, insert a photo we sent you into the thank you letter! Here are some samples:
Sample 1

Sample 2
Sample 3 (read thank you letter tips then scroll down to page 3)

2. Update your resume to reflect your internship. See samples! Put it at the top of your Work Experience section and make it look like the other jobs below it.  Dates should be January 2014-May 2014.  Include a job title (Intern), name of business, duties on the internship, etc.   Also add any other activities, honors, experiences that you have had this spring!  For points, you need to show us that you have updated the resume AND e-mailed the resume to yourself so that you will have it for future use.  You WILL need it again sooner than you think!! Keep a copy on file!  Keep it in your e-mail!

3. Use the photos we took of you at your worksites to create a flyer like the ones in the internship binder. Flyer needs to include:
A. logo of the business if they have one

B. photo(s) of you,
C. description of the business (services provided)
D. your internship duties
E. your future plans, etc.  SEE SAMPLES!!

4.  Post FINAL INTERNSHIP JOURNAL HERE
 

Week of December 15-20 This is it!!
I will finish up visits this week. If I haven't visited you, contact me ASAP!
You can turn in December calendar at the end of the week!
You will report to me or Mrs. Ollerich after Christmas to finish up final activities!
Happy Holidays!
Week of December 8-12 I have been visiting sites and will continue to do so this week! Next week you will be done at work sites!
At the end of next week, be sure we have:

1.Your Nov. & Dec. calendars
2. Your 8-hour day form
Week of December 1-5

 

I will be starting site visits this week!  Please be sure to tell me if/when you WON'T be at your work site.  It would be embarrassing for you if I showed up and you weren't there!!  :-)

Post QuickTopic Journal #9 Response here by Friday, December 5
Week of November 24-26

 
 

Please bring me your completed 8-hour workday form if you have completed 2 four-hour or 1 eight-hour day.  Several of you are doing that this Friday!

No journal this week!

Bring in November calendars next week!  That month went fast!

Week of

November 17-21

 If you plan to continue internship next semester, please send Kristy an email so she can start thinking about placement for you!   kjackson@edec.org

 

Have you talked about setting up an 8-hour day? 8-hour workday form is in your folder.  This Friday would be a perfect day for 8-hour day! Your next good opportunity for 8-hour day is the Friday of Thanksgiving. If you are a hospital intern, know that we have had students do evening and weekend shifts for their 8-hour experience. 

As we move into the winter season, remember that your SAFETY is our top priority.  We don't want you to take any chances, so those of you who are morning interns will need to watch the weather and contact your supervisor in the morning. If you are an afternoon intern, you have time to make that call in the morning from school, but if we end up NOT having school, CALL your worksite right away.  Don't assume that they just know West Central called off school!

Post QuickTopic Journal #8 Response here by Saturday, November 22.

I will start internship site visits soon.  Please be sure to tell me if/when you WON'T be at your work site.  It would be embarrassing for you if I showed up and you weren't there!!  :-)

Week of

November 10-14

 If you plan to continue internship next semester, please send Kristy an email so she can start thinking about placement for you!   kjackson@edec.org

Have you talked about setting up an 8-hour day? 8-hour workday form is in your folder.  This Friday would be a perfect day for 8-hour day! Your next good opportunity for 8-hour day is the Friday of Thanksgiving. If you are a hospital intern, know that we have had students do evening and weekend shifts for their 8-hour experience. 

As we move into the winter season, remember that your SAFETY is our top priority.  We don't want you to take any chances, so those of you who are morning interns will need to watch the weather and contact your supervisor in the morning. If you are an afternoon intern, you have time to make that call in the morning from school, but if we end up NOT having school, CALL your worksite right away.  Don't assume that they just know West Central called off school!

No journal since we have a short week this week.

Week of

November 3-7

 

Turn in October calendar!

Have you done an 8-hour day yet--or maybe one 4-hour?  It would be nice to get those in before the weather changes!

Post QuickTopic Journal #7 Response Here by Saturday, November 8
Week of

October 27-31

 

Turn in October calendar at the end of the week!
I'm still waiting for a few evaluations.  Please check email to see if I need your help to get it back!

Have you done an 8-hour day yet--or maybe one 4-hour?  It would be nice to get those in before the weather changes!

Post QuickTopic Journal #6 Response here by Saturday, November 1.

Week of

October 20-24

 

End of Quarter is this week.  Check grading portal for missing work.

If you gave me email address for your supervisor, your evaluation got sent.  If not, come and see me NOW!

Post QuickTopic Journal #5 Response here by Friday, October 24
Week of

October 14-17

 

Make sure we have an email address for your supervisor.  It's time to send quarterly eval forms!

No journal post this week.  Did you post to the topic below?

Week of

October 6-10

Did you turn in your September calendars?
Can you consider a 4 or 8-hour day next Monday when we don't have school?

Post QuickTopic Journal #4 Response here by Monday, October 13 (no school day).
**We will not have a journal due next week since it is a short week!
Week of Sept. 29-Oct. 3 Turn in your September calendar to me by the end of the week.  Be sure to have your supervisor sign it! If you are an Avera intern, the hospital will send me your hours.

Post QuickTopic Journal #3 Response here by end of the day Friday 10/2
Week of Sept. 22-26

 

Are you logging hours on your calendars if you are not doing computer log-in for attendance?
Have you turned in your folder with all of your paperwork?

Post QuickTopic Journal #2 Response here due by end of the day Friday 9/26
**Please be sure to follow directions about length of responses!
Week of Sept. 15-19 URGENT: If you have started your internship, is your folder in my classroom?  If not, it MUST be!
 

Click on link to Quick Topic below.  In general, journals should be AT LEAST 10 sentences in length to earn full credit (unless otherwise directed).  Answer all parts of the questions!  Journal topics will be posted at Quick Topic on a weekly basis, depending on holidays.  Please respond by Friday of the week journal is posted. Remember to click the All Messages link at the top of the post to see my original post at the very bottom. I would suggest highlighting, copying and pasting my original question into your response box to avoid having to scroll up and down.

Post Quick Topic Journal #1 Response Here  due by end of the day Friday 9/19
**Be sure to follow directions about length of responses!

Week of Sept. 2-5 &
Sept. 8-11
Are all 4 proficiency activities complete and in your folder? Copy of driver's license and insurance?
Have you been checking email regularly for messages from Kristy?
Are you ready for placement visits?  Avera girls, did you get immunization records from Jody?
Did you highlight your calendar and pencil in days that you can not attend?

Visits this week:
Tuesday: Ivy with Stampede
Weds: Amanda at Hartford Vet (9:00 am) and Kylie at Prairie Rehab at 2:00
Thursday:  Possibly Avera with all health occupation interns
Ali with Ms. Hermson at 1:30.
Friday: Nasya at VA at 1:00; Syreeta at Hartford Elem with Julie Wooters at 1:30 (see me early in week!), Maria at Public Defenders Office at 2:00.

We will NOT do a journal during homecoming week (next week) but will plan to start journaling the following week.
Week of Aug. 25-29 Did you put a copy of drivers license and health insurance card in your folder?
Did you do the 10 pt quiz for Prof. #3 on Resumes?
Did you do the 10 pt. quiz, find an article and the article review for Prof #5 on Dressing for Success?

Please also complete Prof. #6 on Interviewing Skills and Prof. #9 on Sexual Harassment.

Keep watching your email. We hope to have everyone placed by the end of next week!
   
First Days
 

Since some of you are every day interns and some are every other day, we will post assignments on a WEEKLY basis.  Once you are at your worksite, there will be a weekly online journal post at QuickTopic usually posted on Monday and due by end of day Friday.  We will wait to start this until everyone is at worksite. That sometimes takes 3 weeks.
 


Fill out all of the paperwork. Get parent signatures. Copy driver's license and health insurance cards.
You may not start your internship until we have all paperwork signed and turned in.

Continue to work on proficiencies

When you are in school during internship time, always report to Mrs. Renner's (or Mrs. Oehlrich's Blue 1) room.  Most of you will start at worksites after next week, so come here daily until then.

Introduce WCHS Internship Program. (View slideshow on previous internships.)
Returning interns can share advice and info.

Kristy Jackson, West Central's Career Link Coordinator, will be here to meet each of you and talk about your placements. Continue to check your email and respond to her ASAP!

Go over all paperwork and forms.  Put all forms in your internship folder.  Visit all of the tabs above.

Assignments for these first two weeks:

**Make a copy of your calendar. One to give worksite and a duplicate to keep in your car. Be sure to record the days you will be gone!


Click Proficiencies tab above.  Read #3 Resumes.  Print just the quiz on page 9 and complete it.  Put it in your internship folder. Update your resume to reflect your summer job or camps and current objective.  Some of your objectives don't match your internship.  When you do your placement visit/interview at your worksite in the next couple of weeks, you'll need a copy of your resume in hand to give to the worksite supervisor. I made you EMAIL your resume to yourself so you'd have the digital file!

"Clothes make the man."  Or do they?
Carefully read Proficiency #5 on Personal Appearance. Print BOTH the quiz and the extension activity. Google to find an article on
dressing for a job interview, dressing for the workplace, or dressing for success.  Do NOT choose the same article as a classmate!!  Put both the completed quiz and the article assignment in your internship folder.

**White day--read advice from last year's interns