Independent Learning Program

Academic Internship Program

The goal of the Internship Program is to provide you with the opportunity to learn professional workplace skills and allow you to explore a career option, through project-based learning in a real-world work environment.

Program Requirements and Resources

Student 2017-2018 School year due dates for the Independent Learning Program.

How does it work?

  • 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students are eligible to apply for an internship (12th graders have priority).  We anticipate a wait list for this program at all schools.

  • Students are responsible for finding their own internship and may use our how to find an internship toolkit to help. If students have questions on these resources or would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with an internship coordinator, please email

  • Each student works with a caring and motivated internship supervisor at a host organization who understands and supports Summit Schools and our philosophy.

  • All students must complete an Independent Study Contract before enrolling in the course signed by the student, parent, mentor, IS Coordinator, and Supervisor. Please request an independent study contract by completing this form. You will receive an email with a request that you complete and sign the contract electronically. 

  • The time spent at your internship site is considered Independent Study and your work and documentation must meet independent study legal requirements.

Course Information
  • Independent Study Internships are graded on a Pass/Fail basis for credit equal to a two  semester course.  Your work performance will be assessed by Summit’s Internship Coordinator and your Internship Supervisor.

  • The course consists of weekly career skill building focused workshops combined with an immersive internship at a local organization.

  • Students must commit to the same internship for the full year (all Expeditions sessions) and sign a contract with all parties involved agreeing to the requirements of the course.

  • Students are required to plan a project with their Internship Supervisor for completion at their internship during the second half of the year.  Some projects are longer and can last the entire year, while others are short projects which give students an opportunity to work on several things throughout the internship.  

  • Internship students will prepare a presentation and participate in a final Celebration of Learning at the end of the spring Expedition (Session 4).

  • Students with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), must confirm that their plan specifically provides for their enrollment in Independent Study.

  • You will find information about the steps to enroll and seek an internship here.