The senior internship program plays a vital role in the educational process at Sayre. It moves education outside the boundaries of the traditional classroom into the workplace and allows students to gain on-the-job experience in a career of interest. The premise is that success in higher education is predicated not only on how much knowledge students have acquired, but on how well they have learned to analyze, synthesize, and evaluate that knowledge. Whether interning in a field of interest, or learning about something entirely new, students gain important experience during their month out in the workforce.
Specific goals of the senior internship program:
- Experience a business setting
- Explore a career of interest
- Establish a transition period from high school to college with greater individual freedom and responsibility
Seniors are required to plan, design, and implement an internship experience in one of the following areas: social service, vocation-career exploration, or the arts. Students make daily journal entries that faculty advisors review weekly. Students make an oral presentation about their internship in a formal Upper School assembly.
In the past, students have worked in a variety of areas including veterinary science, law, communications, engineering, finance, graphic design, merchandising, education, banking, business, medicine, environmental studies, and journalism.