The Internship Program, a component of the Career Education (SDV 107) course, provides SWVGS students with extended learning experiences. The supporting sponsors who are willing to dedicate time, talents, and resources are recruited from the surrounding communities. They include businesses, industries, health care facilities, educational institutions, and governmental agencies. The support and efforts of the sponsors and mentors are vital to making the program a success. Their voluntary participation demonstrates developing partnerships among the Governor's School and business, governmental, medical, and higher education organizations.
The Internship Program is an integral component of the Governor School's Study
Skills/Career Education class. The purpose of the program is to expose students to applications of science, mathematics, and technology in area businesses, industries, governmental agencies, health care organizations, and universities. The SWVGS guidance counselor and parents of SWVGS students play important roles in securing opportunities to broaden the scope of the mentor/internship program. Each intern is assigned an internship mentor. The mentor coordinates and supervise the student's activities during his/her internship. Projects and/or problem-solving situations may be included in the internship experiences. Through these internships, students experience new aspects of science and
technology outside the classroom and achieve insight into career opportunities.
Students meet with their mentor once a week for approximately three hours weekly during the months of March and April. This hands-on experience will provide the student with more career background information on their chosen career, before they decide on their college major.