HTHMA Internship Program
The High Tech High Internship program aims to foster personal growth and help students acquire workplace skills in a real-world environment. The experience is invaluable for students as they prepare for college and the program offers local organizations a well-supported intern.
The 2024 internship will take place from January 10 - February 9
Site Visit: December 14 (if necessary for project planning, paperwork, onboarding, etc.)
Internship Presentations of Learning - February 9
Students should work a regular work day (this can vary by type of internship work, but should be 5 days a week, 6-8 hours per day)
Insurance - Interns are covered by HTH liability insurance while on-site or participating in any activity related to their internship (unless the internship take place outside of San Diego County).
Transportation - Students are responsible for finding appropriate transportation (their own vehicle, parent, mass transit, etc)
Pay - Interns are unpaid, as the program is academic in nature.
All High Tech High juniors are required to complete an internship with a local organization. The internship consists of an orientation followed by a four-week, full-time immersion at the work site, concluding with the intern’s presentation of learning (iPOL). Students receive credit for successfully completing their internship and related course work.
Each student is paired with a workplace mentor who understands and supports the goals of the program. Mentors communicate regularly with HTH about student progress, attendance, and project development.
All interns develop a substantial project(s) with the mentor that contributes to the organization.
Near the end of the internship, each intern presents his/her work and overall learning to a panel of mentors and other site employees. This culminating event (iPOL) celebrates the student’s accomplishments and offers an occasion for reflection and critique.