Welcome to the GNSHS Career Internship Program (CIP) webpage!
Dear South High Students,
The Internship Program will look a little different this year, but there are still plenty of options to take advantage of! The new and improved program includes independent career exploration and research initiatives, in-person or virtual internship hours when possible and appropriate, and of course the continuation of resume writing, cover letters, interview skills, and other important skills.
Please contact me to set up an appointment. I will be meeting with students in person when possible or via Zoom on their remote learning days.
(I know that many of you are concerned about the limited opportunities for interning or volunteering due to all of the current closings and restrictions. I assure you that EVERYONE is in the same boat! Here is a relevant article from the NY Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/22/business/coronavirus-summer-internships.html.)
If you'd like to start doing some research on your own, here is a list of potential "virtual volunteering" opportunities:
(*Please note that this is just a list compiled from the internet and none of these are school-sponsored. Please talk to your parents before contacting any of them!*)
Current Office Hours:
*PLEASE MAKE AN APPOINTMENT IN ADVANCE.*
Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions for students. Scroll down for more information for potential business partners.
STUDENTS - FAQ (*FOR NON-COVID TIMES*)
Talk to Ms. Kinsey about adjustments during social distancing.
What are the benefits of doing a high school internship?
Internships are an amazing way to broaden your horizons and explore future career options. They enable you to develop valuable skills needed for the workplace while making yourself more marketable to prospective employers and colleges.
Who can participate in this Internship Program?
Any 10th, 11th, or 12th grader can participate in this elective program. All you need is a few hours a week to report to your placement and a way of getting there. Some on campus placements are available to students without transportation options. There are also many placements in town that are accessible via school buses.
What is required?
Interns meet with Ms. Kinsey, the Internship Coordinator, periodically throughout the semester and communicate with her via email about their progress. Interns keep track of their hours on a time sheet and must complete at least 50 hours to earn elective credit. This can be done in one semester or it can be stretched out over the course of a school year. Interns also create resumes and write reflections on their experiences. Grading is based on attendance, CIP Assignments, regular communication with Ms. Kinsey, and on-site supervisor evaluations.
How do I find an internship placement?
Most internships are set up through Ms. Kinsey in the Career Internship Office. We have placed students in many areas including local government, medical offices, law practices, non-profit organizations, marketing firms, the fashion industry, and more. Students are also welcome to set up placements through their own contacts provided the internship meets certain criteria. (Click on "Placements" above for more details.)
What should I do if I'm interested?
If you're interested, simply contact Ms. Kinsey.
Office Location: Room 700 A (in the math hallway)
Open by appointment (in-person or via Zoom)
Office Hours: Mon. 11-2:45, Tues. 11-2:45, Wed. 11:30-2:30, Thurs. Closed, Fri. 10:15-1:45 (or by appointment)
POTENTIAL BUSINESS PARTNERS - FAQ
What are the benefits of participating in your program?
Working with a student intern is a win-win situation. Your business benefits from the help of a volunteer for a few hours a week in exchange for providing a wonderful learning opportunity to Great Neck public school students. Interns interact with clients, help out with administrative duties, work on projects, and handle any responsibility that your regular employees might do provided they receive the proper training. Our students are mature, hard-working, and motivated. The best internship placements are with businesses who understand that this is a learning opportunity, and who take the time to answer questions and teach their intern about important aspects of their business. Click here for a list of current internship placements.
What responsibilities do internship placements take on when participating with this program?
The intern's supervisor will be asked to periodically sign a time sheet. There is also a short evaluation form that needs to be completed at the end of the internship. (Click here to view the evaluation and other forms.) We also ask that you contact the Internship Coordinator, Nicole Kinsey, in the rare occurrence that there is an issue with performance or attendance.
Email or call Nicole Kinsey for more information: email@example.com, 516-441-4862.
GNSHS Career Internship Program - IN THE NEWS
Our COPAY Interns Featured in Newsday!
READ MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM IN THIS ARTICLE BY SOUTH HIGH ALUM, NADIA TAI
Great Neck Record Internship Article by Kara Kupferberg
INTERNSHIPS FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: