Applied Student Professional Internship and Research Exploration

Exploring Careers through Experience, Engagement, and Internship

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    Mrs. Emmi Sprayberry 

    Upper School Art Teacher and ASPIRE Lead Coordinator
The ASPIRE program was developed to give students opportunities to explore their futures while still in high school, fostering future change-makers and community-minded individuals. ASPIRE helps create more opportunities for students to explore and develop individual interests through online modules, one-on-one and small group mentoring, exposure to professionals in a wide array of fields, and an individualized, applied, community-engaged experience.

The program consists of two interwoven components:

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  • A Semester-Long Course

    A semester course, focused on helping students understand and discover what they might want to study in college and/or pursue as a future career. The semester course will utilize the best of both online, at-your-own pace work, and real-time, face-to-face/virtual meetings with faculty mentors and peers. Students will investigate various paths that interest them and then develop a relevant summer mentorship or internship plan.
  • A Summer Session

    A summer session that provides flexibility for students and greater opportunities without the conflict of student life and classes during the school year. Through a partnership with a matched mentor or through an internship during the summer, students will expand on the ideas formed during their semester class and develop a personal project. Their project will build on their interests and empower them to create positive change in their community.  

Through the span of the course students will:

  • Explore their own personal interests, strengths, and experiences and learn how to articulate them through a resume and during an interview. 
  • Develop important academic and professional skills such as writing, research, teamwork, planning, self-sufficiency, time management, problem solving, and public speaking.
  • Gain familiarity with a wide variety of career options.
  • Seek out resources to help them design an applied summer experience. 
  • Engage in conversations with peers and faculty about the concept of vocation.
  • Imagine how they fit into the career world and narrow down career options through experience.
  • Network with community professionals in fields that interest them. 

South Campus | PK-3 to Grade 4

4120 Old Canton Road | Jackson, Mississippi 39216
Tel 601.987.9300 | Fax 601.987.9324

North Campus | Grades 5 to 12

370 Old Agency Road | Ridgeland, Mississippi 39157
Tel 601.853.6000 | Fax 601.853.6001