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Senior Alternatives

Senior Alternatives 2023

Combat Senioritis:  Offer an Internship to a Hastings High School Senior!

Our Senior Alternatives Internship Program gives high school seniors in the last month of their K-12 experience the opportunity to explore careers, pursue interests, apply knowledge, and otherwise stay engaged intellectually...all the while they keep connected to school and peers.

Internships take many forms!  In past years, students have learned professional and technical skills, tried out possible future careers, explored the corporate world of advertising, publishing, and law, and even designed projects they have always wanted to try.

While we have several terrific internships already lined up for our interns-to-be, we need your help in providing our students with a wide range of opportunities.  If you think you might be able to provide a meaningful experience for one of our students, we invite you to sponsor a student.  All kinds of internships are welcome:  business, government, education, the arts, construction trades, medical facilities, nursing homes, research, public relations, publishing, architecture--nearly every human pursuit imaginable will be entertained for consideration!

Here’s how the program works:

  • Students are typically released from school from the Monday after AP Exam week until the Friday before the last day of high school classes.  

  • They are required to work a minimum of 20 hours per week, generally over the course of four days in each week of the program.  Alternative schedules, however, can be arranged, depending on the type of activity involved.

  • Each student is assigned a supervising teacher at the high school, who will monitor his or her progress in finding and then participating in the internship.  The supervising teacher also stays in periodic contact with internship mentors.

  • During the internship, students are responsible for participating in an online forum where they share their experiences with four other classmates and respond to questions posed by the supervising teacher.

  • Supervising teachers will send out short weekly online questionnaires to internship mentors, asking for brief feedback about interns.

  • On the last day of classes, seniors return to the high school to present what they did in their internships to their underclass peers.


If you would like to offer an internship, please complete this form here:  I'll use the information you provide me in the form directly in the database that students will search to find available internships.

Significant dates for the 2023-2024 school year

  • Friday, March 22: Last day for seniors to submit internship forms
  • Friday, April 26 at 11:10am: Informational meeting before internships
  • May 6-May 10, May 13-May 17:  AP Exams
  • Monday, May 20: Internships begin
  • Wednesday, June 12: Last day internships
  • Thursday, June 13: Senior presentations to underclass peers about their internships in the high school

John Buchanan

Senior Alternatives Coordinator