Vision and Purpose
The Internship Program at Christ Church Episcopal School is a part of the school’s extensive Strategic Plan: Goal 7 – to foster self-discovery through service – and Action Step 2 which states: Establish a program of summer internships and school-year mentorship for Upper School students that provides real world exposure to professional and service opportunities through leveraging connections among CCES parents, alumni and other community partners in the Upstate. The goal of this program is to enrich our students’ career exploration process through offering real world experience. Students will be able to apply for 1-2 week internship experiences the summer before their senior year. The entire process – writing a personal statement, going through an interview, and exploring possible career options – will provide students with a framework for professional skills that will aid them as they prepare for college and beyond. During their internship, students will be mentored by a professional in a possible field of interest. Mentors will be local alumni, parents or friends of the school who want to engage and invest in our students who will become the next generation of leaders in our community. The committee involved in building this program includes Upper School directors, College Counseling, Alumni Relations, and Experiential Learning.
The internships will take place during the two-week window of June 7 – June 18, 2020. We envision the internships lasting the full two weeks, however, we understand that some flexibility will be involved in figuring out what is best for both mentors and mentees.
This program seeks partners with local friends of the school who are willing and able to serve as mentors for our students. Mentors will offer students insights into their field, their own personal experiences, and general workplace advice, among others. We aim for students to better understand a field of interest, and how to pursue a path toward it, through meaningful engagement with their mentors.