Our internship coordinators can be contacted in the following ways:
Mrs. Gwen Werner, office 610-286-8600 x7637 | cell 610-823-0244
Mrs. Angela Morgan, office 610-286-8600 x7638 | cell 484-459-4570
Thank you for your interest in becoming an Internship Mentor. You are making a sound investment in today’s youth—America’s future!
These guidelines have been written to help you with the task of mentoring your student. We will also be able to answer your questions and provide you with details about the program and your involvement.
“Learning by Doing” is the Key! This program helps students relate schoolwork to the actual “world of work.” It gives students the chance to try out their future career before they invest great amounts of time, training, education, and money. This experience allows students to see what it is really like to work in a professional field by being exposed to varied work experiences. Thank you for choosing to mentor our students!
Mentor Guidelines and Responsibilities
GOALS--The mentor and intern should discuss and list at least 5 goals for the intern to complete during the internship. Your intern has been provided with a Goal Sheet to record these goals. This will occur in September for Semester One students and in January for Semester Two students. Full year interns will update goals quarterly.
GRADING--Students will be graded each quarter by their mentor and the internship coordinator as follows:
Mentor: 60% - See Grading Card (below) for a sample.
Coordinator: 40% - Goal Sheets and End of Quarter Reflections
Mentors should review the Grading Card with the student before returning it to the Internship Coordinator.
STUDENT ABSENCES--Students are required to notify their mentors of illness or absence. They will call you according to your call off policy if they need to report off sick for the day. If they know in advance that they will be absent, then they may inform you in advance. If a student does not show up without notification, please contact us immediately.
Please keep a record of their attendance each day and record any absences or lateness. Also indicate if they informed you that they would be out or called in. I will email you every Friday with an attendance request.
Students must attend school in order to attend their experience that day. If they are absent from school they cannot report.
COORDINATOR VISITS--A coordinator will visit work sites regularly to make sure the goals are being met.
WORK/BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS--Any problems with students should be reported immediately.
SCHOOL CALENDAR—Please consult the school web site for days that school is not in session.
Good attendance is extremely important
- More than 3 absences per quarter is excessive.
- Attendance at school and internship is not optional—it’s mandatory in order to be part of this program. Mentors are under the agreement to NOT allow a student to attend if he/she did not attend school or left early from school (unexcused).
- If you become ill while at school, you must be nurse-released. Otherwise, you are expected to attend your internship.
- If there is inclement weather, please use your (or your parent’s) discretion as to whether or not you will attend your internship.
- If school is running on a 2-hour or 3-hour delay schedule, please consult with your parents and use your best judgement for reporting to internship. Check the school web site for the revised bell schedule and follow that schedule for internship reporting times. You may also skip internship and just report to the school library for study hall. Communicate with us and your mentor. Most of all be safe!
What happens if I cannot attend my internship due to illness, college visit, dr. appt., etc.?
- If you are sick, you must notify your coordinator by 8:00 am (voice mail, text, email).
- Notify your mentor according to company policy.
- Parents report your absence to the high school office (610.286.8600)
Sign Out and Mail
- You must sign out in the high school office daily (clearly write your name and “internship” as reason for leaving).
- If you are signing out but not attending internship (for example you are going to the dr.), please indicate DR. after your signature/name.
- Please check for mail DAILY—you are responsible for checking on communications or assignments and need to meet deadlines.
You are expected to attend flex periods as they relate to your classes. If you are here during a flex in which you do not have a class, you will be instructed where to report. For example, if you are a Block 1 only or a Block 4 only intern, you are expected to report to your coordinator during your flex period.
- Students must have a driver’s license and vehicle registration by the first day of each semester.
- Students must obtain a parking permit from the high school office.
- Students must have their own transportation—you may not rely on friends or parents for transportation.
- Students who lose their driving privileges may not be able to continue in the program and will be assigned to another class.
You are expected to dress appropriately for work each day. Ask your mentor for the uniform or dress code requirements.
- It is the student’s responsibility to obtain an appropriate internship in a career field of his/her choice.
- All placements must be approved by the coordinator.
- Students are not permitted to quit or terminate their internship without the prior approval of their coordinator.
- Students will report to their internship sites during their scheduled block(s).
- Students must leave school immediately—this is not a time to take care of other business or make up work from other classes.
- You may not leave internship sites early to return to school to pick up siblings or friends.
- Leaving to get back to school on time for sports is acceptable.
- 60% Mentor Evaluation (occurs twice—mid-point and end of quarter). You will be given a grade card to be completed by your mentor
- 40% To be determined by your coordinator. This will include a goal sheet and an end of quarter essay (points will be deducted for all late grade cards and assignments)
For every block per quarter you intern, you receive .5 credit. You will receive a final grade quarterly.