Many pathways operate summer or school year internship programs.
Intensive internship experiences, supported and monitored by school staff who know students well, are powerful means of ensuring that students graduate high school ready for college, career, and community life. Internships provide students with skills, knowledge, relationships, and social skills that can support them for the rest of their lives. They also build relevance into schooling.
For disengaged students, internships show the relationship between school and the “real world” that awaits them no matter what choices they make during high school. For students already engaged in school, internships can challenge them to build the social skills and confidence that are necessary components of success and get early exposure to skills and networks that set them ahead on their path. Internships can also lead to future jobs, as students have already have built a connection to the industry of their choice.