Internship Program

Through its Internship Program, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory seeks to partner with area professionals to enhance the education of our students through providing relevant field experience prior to graduation. An internship provides students with a unique experience to step outside the classroom and build their resumes, gain professional knowledge, test drive a potential new career, network with alumni and gain a “real world” perspective on an occupation. In some cases internships have led to jobs or part-time employment. Strake Jesuit offers internships to students in a variety of career fields. Internships will be completed through summer school and will not be for pay. Students will receive course credit for their time and service. Strake Jesuit strongly encourages its students to consider making an internship a part of their college prep experience. A successful internship placement is a win-win-win for the students, Strake Jesuit, and companies alike.

Student Step-by-Step Process

Set career interests and goals
• Answer the following questions: What career field and industry interest you? Will you base your college major on this particular interest? 

Not sure exactly what you want to do? That’s what this process is all about.

Explore internship opportunities
• Strake Jesuit offers an excellent network of alumni willing to mentor and partner with current students in the internship program. Students are also given the opportunity to seek their own internship to use with the program.

Complete your resume 
• Students will be required to complete and submit a resume as part of the hiring/orientation process. The Strake Jesuit counseling center offers a wealth of resources to help you craft the best possible cover letter and resume. Please see Mr. Carroll if you have any questions concerning this process.

Interview for internship
• Students will be required to participate in multiple interviews as part of the application/orientation process. Please see Mr. Carroll if you have any questions concerning this process.

Orientation
• All students participating in the internship will be required to attend an internship orientation. During this orientation students will meet with their mentor and program instructor to discuss scheduling for the summer, outline expectations and resources, explain the course requirements, and answer your pre-internship questions. This orientation can take place at Strake Jesuit or onsite at the location of the internship.

Complete internship and conclude internship course
• Upon completion of the internship, students and mentors will be asked to complete an online survey. Students will also be required to make a presentation of their experience at the internship forum. The forum will be held on the afternoon of June 29, 2016. This will be the conclusion of the summer school internship course and all internship assignments must be completed at this point.

Academic Credit
• Based on TCCED guidelines, all students will receive a general elective 0.5 credit for their participation in a Strake Jesuit approved internship. The internship must run during the duration of summer school which will be June 6 –June 30, 2016. During this time the students will be expected to complete 60 hours of interning or shadowing over a 3-4 week period in order to gain credit for the internship. Students will be required to register for and attend the first day of summer school. Students will also be required to complete all course assignments. 

Evaluations
• Students and mentors will be asked to complete surveys during the final week of the internship assignment. Mentor surveys will be used to help determine the students overall grade in the internship course. Student surveys will consist of their experience and will be utilized to better the program for the future.

If you are interested in helping us grow this new program, or for additional information, please contact Jeffrey Carroll at jcarroll@strakejesuit.org or 713-272-4320.

Student Experiences

"I learned a great deal about business and financial terms. I had an opportunity to observe and take part in business networking and learned how to conduct myself in a professional manner. Both professionals I shadowed provided a great deal of insight into business. I learned about compounding and simple interest, the importance of diversifying investments, investing, and many other financial topics."
- Liam Kennelly ’16 interned at Northwestern Mutual

 "His internship triggered a significant increase in interest towards the area of finance. As a result of his brief stint at Northwestern Mutual, Michael will be joining Northwestern Mutual, Mr. Burch and his office part time this fall. He will be focusing on marketing and personal needs analysis."
- Michael Nice ’16 interned at Northwestern Mutual

"My experience with Mr. Bothe was very informative and interesting. Most of my days consisted of accompanying Mr. Bothe and sitting in and observing company meetings. I thoroughly enjoyed the meetings as I was free to ask questions and voice my opinions. Throughout the week I was exposed to all three branches of the company. Mr. Bothe also gave me plenty of advice and insight in regard to my future education and how to go about getting into the marketing field. Overall, this was a very enjoyable experience that has definitely helped me find a career more suited toward me.”
- Hugo Gonzalez interned at Brand Extract

“I have become more aware of what it takes to be a lawyer and what I need to do before entering law school.”
- Samuel Kretzchmar ’16 interned at Cogan and Partners