The culmination of a BT student’s High School experience is the senior internship. Students volunteer at the company or organization of their choice, offering them real-life experience in professions and careers of interest to them. The internships, which are unpaid, are a requirement for graduation.
The goal of the program is to facilitate internships that bring benefits to our students as well as their employers. Internships provide a shadowing experience to Beth Tfiloh seniors, giving them the opportunity to observe and network with professionals, explore career choices, clarify possible career goals and college interests, and practice functioning within a work environment.
Internship selection begins in the fall, with students contacting mentors during the months of December and January to schedule meetings. Mentors and students have the opportunity to meet, discuss the goals and expectations of the internship together, and make a final decision as to the merits of the internship for each. The internship normally comprises a 3-4 week period in the spring of senior year.
Students are expected to familiarize themselves with the work setting while on the job. They are required to maintain a journal in which they address topics provided for them in a formal assignment. By asking directed questions, it is the school's hope that students will learn more about their work and the employer's profession.
- Provide a shadowing experience for Seniors
- Observe professionals in their daily workplace routine
- Explore potential college majors and courses of study
- Investigate possible career choices
- Develop effective interpersonal skills
- Develop professional skills, such as punctuality, reliability and accuracy
- Develop professional relationships with adults in the greater community
- Begin to make the transition from high school to college
PARTICIPATING PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESS include:
- Law and politics
- Medicine, both clinical and research
- Communications, marketing and public relations
- Music, art
- Computer programming
- Jewish communal professionals