Get Involved with Ralph Bunche Academy
Ralph Bunche Academy needs your help. Please contact us if you or your company would like to help/sponsor/partner in any of the following areas:
Advisory Board -
Representatives from local business, industry, and the community that provides advice and assistance to ensure that educational programs are relevant and provide workplace experience and knowledge.
Job Shadow -
In the search for the appropriate internship site and mentor, Ralph Bunche
students take part in one or more Shadow Days, which are one-
day experiences at a site of interest to the student. The student
follows a potential mentor in the regular course of his or her
work. Students are guided through a process of Informational
Interviews to select their Shadow Day sites. The advisor in col-
laboration with the host site sets up the Shadow Day.
Internship for Students (Mentor) -
Ralph Bunche Academy is a small Oakland public high school currently serving one hundred twenty students. In conjunction with their advisors, each student designs an individualized learning plan focused on their interests and passions. As a part of that, students are required to participate in our internship program. Each internship will give students a deep sense of how their interests play out in the adult world, and provide an authentic environment and audience for their work.
Internship Schedule: Students typically are at their internship sites on Wednesdays from 12:30 - 3:30 plus Fridays 3 - 5PM. Schedules can be adjusted to meet internship site needs.
Internship Length: Internship length varies according to the fit between the needs of the host site and the student’s needs. Typically, internships last between 3 and 9 months.
Benefits for the Internship Site: Bunche interns work two days per week without pay, contributing their time and their excitement about the field to the workplace. In addition, interns are held accountable for developing and completing projects that will be useful to their host site. Projects are diverse, ranging from writing multilingual brochures for clients to creating informational videos for a site. Projects can also feed directly into the mentor’s work, such as conducting background research or community outreach.
Mentor Responsibilities: Every internship site designates one person who serves as the official Mentor for the student. Mentors are responsible for outlining and assessing the daily work of the intern, as well as participating in meetings with the student’s Advisor or Internship Coordinator (at least once every 4-6 weeks) and attending students’ exhibitions of learning, at the end of the internship.
Host a Graduation or Prom -
Provide an elegant environment for graduation or prom experience.
Help with Transportation -
Provide transportation for college visits, job shadows, tour of Oakland, and other educational
Donations and Sponsorships -
Educational materials needed for classrooms, and sponsor industry trips