Introduction to the Program
The Executive Internship Program, a countywide dual enrollment experiential education program since 1974, combines the best elements of classroom theory with actual experience in the professional work world; it is academically-oriented education based on experience. Qualifying academically talented and highly motivated high school seniors explore professional career fields of choice and earn high school and college credit while participating in unpaid internships in the career fields they think they would like to pursue in college. Because students are participating in a countywide high school program, they are considered "on school property and on school time" while at the internship site, which allows for insurance coverage by the Pinellas County School District as well as an additional accident insurance policy which is provided by the Executive Internship Program. Students also submit to the program office proof of health insurance coverage prior to attending internships, and our students are aware of and adhere to all safety protocols in place at each site.
How the Program Works
Our students attend their internships for either 10 or 15 hours per week during the fall and spring semesters and for 14-16 hours per week during the four-week summer session, and I meet with students for bi-weekly seminars at St. Petersburg College where the college course content is delivered. Other than sharing the knowledge students seek and allowing them to assist where possible, we ask the intern’s host to complete one online performance evaluation over the course of the summer session and two online evaluations during the fall/spring sessions.
Once I am notified that a fall/spring student is accepted as an intern, I send the intern’s host a sheet with student contact information and program dates. During the summer program, I send a separate email with student and program information. The student then contacts the internship host to arrange a placement meeting where the student presents a cover letter, resume and Confidentiality Statement. At that meeting, the hours (which are flexible according to organization and student needs) and details of the internship can be discussed and arranged. As the internship progresses, I monitor student academic and performance progress closely and ensure that they are performing as expected and complying with all policies at each organization.
Dr. Mary C. Black
Executive Internship Program