Student Internship & Scholarship Program
The Student Internship Program develops the ability of students to apply knowledge from academic courses in “real world” settings. The program places students in professional environments where they learn and apply entry level clerical skills and gain the personal and life skills necessary for a successful career. Donations to the program are used to support operating costs and college scholarships for students that participate in the program.
The goals of the program are to reduce high school dropout rates, prepare students for meaningful careers, and to help students earn scholarships for eventual college education. The Student Internship Program is patterned after the successful private Cristo Rey model.
Organizations sponsor students in entry-level internships, either at the organization or at another partnering organization. Sponsors are asked to make a donation to the program of $5,000 per student. The sponsoring organization places each student in an entry level clerical or equivalent role and assigns the student a mentor. In addition to overseeing the students activities, the mentor is expected, whenever possible, to expose the student to various types of professional positions at the organization. Each student interns one full day per week, averaging four days per month from late September through June. Students must be in the 10th grade and maintain a 2.5 GPA or higher to participate as interns. Students are eligible for scholarships from the Carmen High School Development Organization based on the number of years they participate in the program. A student must enroll in a college or university in order to receive a scholarship, and the funds are given directly to the higher education institution.
Director of Career Programs and Partnerships
Funding of SIP comes from sponsors, foundations, private donations, and fundraising activities. SIP is administered by a staff member who is accountable to the Carmen High School Development Organization, a tax-exempt 509 (a) (3) supporting organization of Carmen High School of Science and Technology. The responsibility for decisions regarding SIP and the scholarship application and award process for the SIP scholarship program lie with the Board of Directors of the Carmen High School Development Organization, which is distinct from, but includes representation from the school’s own Board of Directors.
STEM Career Apprenticeship Program
Carmen students in grades 10 - 12 are able to take a series of college level courses in the health professions, information technology or mechatronics, for which they earn both high school elective course credits from Carmen and college course credits. By completing these classes they also earn certifications that make them eligible for paid apprenticeships at area hospitals and businesses. Students save 50% of their earnings for college but have access to the remaining half during their apprenticeship, allowing them to learn valuable money-management skills now.