Our vision for this brand-new, four-year STEM-focused internship is to change the way Arizona high school students are educated, using a unique, immersive experience. We aim to provide a systemic pathway for students to work with and learn from valley businesses throughout their high school journey, in a way that will prepare them for lifelong experiences both in and outside of the classroom environment. To accomplish this, we are focused on the four Es: Education, Exposure, Experience, and Environment – our partnership with many incredible local businesses has created a multifaceted approach encompassing career events, job shadowing, information sessions, hands-on experience, and much more.
As the program evolves, we look forward to creating new educational experiences to set our students up for success within the halls of Highland Prep Academies, and beyond, into our local communities. Highland Prep internship programs give you a first look into what the career life will be like, giving you opportunities to gain experience in different environments to see what fits you. Even though your internship might feel like a job it’s actually a learning experience, where you will acquire new skills.
According to US News and Report, “internships can dramatically increase employment potential for students. A 2019 survey of internship programs by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that 70% of interns received a job offer.” Article link
In the early screen process college recruiters look for initiative, they are making decisions purely from the application you and your career counsel submits. Your application reveals much about your character and your HP intership will set you apart and may help you earn that acceptance letter.
Career Path Direction
If awarded a HP internship it will prepare you for transition from a classroom to the career environment. You discover and grow from your personal strengths and weaknesses.
Networking is another major benefit that comes from participating in a HP internship. Creating valuable professional connections that can aid you on college and career path.
Experience, Marketable Skills and Competencies
By completing an internship, you will gain invaluable skills, that your peers will not have, which are needed to be successful in your college and professional endeavor. You will give yourself an overwhelming competitive edge by combing your education with real world experiences.
Being able to have a strong character, solidifying your self identity, and having integrity, are invaluable competencies that an internship can provide. These character traits will stay with you your entire life and help you have a successful and satisfying career.