Bridging Bruins

“Know who you are. Understand who you can be.”

Bridging Bruins Interest Meeting

Date: November 28th

Time: Choice Portion of Bruin Block

Where: Lecture Hall

*Seniors will be able to sign up and print a flex pass through Family Connections.

2017-2018

INTRODUCTION

Internships are a key component in helping students apply the theoretical foundations they are learning in the classroom to real-work situations.

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BRIDGING BRUINS BASICS

An internship is defined as a short-term opportunity for a student to gain valuable hands-on experience in a field of study/interest. An internship has many invaluable benefits for students while also enriching academic programs. Students are able to identify career fields that fit, as well as those that don’t. They also gain valuable employability skills such as teamwork, problem-solving, and effective communication within the context of the workplace.

In addition, students are meeting and networking with professionals in their potential field, which significantly improves their chances of securing permanent employment and future academic opportunities upon graduation from Lake Braddock Secondary School.  To stay competitive internships are no longer an option, but a necessity.

Basic Criteria

  • The experience must be an extension of the classroom: a learning experience that provides for applying knowledge gained in the classroom.
  • The experience has a defined beginning and end.
  • There are clearly defined learning objectives related to the professional goals of the student.  It is important that learning objectives be both academic and career-driven.
  • There is supervision by an on-site supervisor -- preferably with expertise and educational and/or professional background in the field of study.
  • There is routine feedback provided by the on-site supervisor and a formal evaluation conducted at the end of the experience.

 

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PEOPLE INVOLVED

An effective internship program involves a few key players: the student intern, the on-site supervisor, and the faculty mentor.

Student Intern

Student interns are responsible for searching for, applying to, and completing the internship. It is the student intern’s responsibility to submit all necessary paperwork by the appropriate deadlines.

On-Site Supervisor

The on-site supervisor is responsible for overseeing the work of the student intern. Ideally, this person will serve as a mentor to the student, offering helpful advice about the industry or field and ways to succeed in a professional environment.  It is also important for the on-site supervisor to have experience and knowledge in the area in which the student is interning.  The on-site supervisor should also provide feedback on the intern’s work throughout the duration of the internship.

Faculty Mentor

The faculty mentor is responsible for helping the intern integrate the internship into a total academic experience. It is important for the intern to meet with his or her faculty mentor prior to starting the internship.  Faculty mentors can also serve as a helpful resource in identifying possible internship sites and locations that would appropriately fit the student’s academic and professional needs.  The faculty mentor will maintain weekly contact with the intern providing direction and support as needed. At the end of the internship, the faculty mentor will be asked to comment on the intern’s learning based on a culminating activity and feedback from the on-site supervisor.  Mentors will participate in an end-of-year intern share fair.  Faculty mentors will receive 10 recertification points.

SENIOR INTERNSHIP ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Be a current Lake Braddock senior.
  • Possess a minimum 2.5 GPA for the 1st semester of your senior year AND have a minimum grade of “C” or higher in each class at the end of the 3rd quarter.
  • Have no more than five excused absences - to include Bruin Block - during any quarter prior to the start of your internship; excluding school-sponsored activities or college visits.
  • Have no unexcused absences during your senior year.
  • Have no significant disciplinary infractions during your senior year.
  • Have completed all graduation requirements including AP and state mandated tests.
  • Obtain teachers, administrator and counselor signatures signifying good standing for graduation.
  • Obtain parent/guardian signature authorizing participation in the Bridging Bruins internship program.

NOTES

  • Virginia Civics Seal/FCPS Service Cord: Bridging Bruins is a separate and distinct learning experience.  It may not be used to fulfill service hours required for the Virginia Civics Seal, FCPS Service Cord, or any curriculum-based service learning activities.
  • Senior Survey: All applicants must have completed the required senior exit survey.
  • Performing Arts Policy: Students enrolled in choir, orchestra, guitar, theater and/or band MUST attend all teacher requested rehearsals, after school rehearsals, and dress rehearsals.
  • AP Economics Policy: Bridging Bruins may coincide with the requirements of EPF. Students enrolled in AP Econ must complete their EPF requirements outside of class by the instructor’s deadline.
  • Grading: Participating students’ “traditional” classes will conclude at the date the internship begins. All participating students’ final grades for the fourth quarter will be their current grade on May 18th. Participating seniors will be excused from all end of course exams.  Students who fail to successfully complete all internship requirements will be required to take all course final exams.
poster for presentation of internship

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

Complete this Google Form with your email address to receive updates as we approach the March 1st application deadline.

Eligible LBSS seniors need to print and complete this application and submit it to Mrs. Edwards in the LB Career Center by March 1, 2018. 

In addition to the application, interested seniors need to complete this online form to prepare and submit the internship proposal.