Applied Student Professional Internship and Research Exploration

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    Mrs. Emmi Sprayberry 

    Upper School Art Teacher and ASPIRE Lead Coordinator
Through the completion of the semester course, students will have a better understanding of what they are passionate about and how they can connect that to a career path. Students will explore various career paths and investigate ways in which their interests might intersect. Students will consider problems that they see in the world and how they might use their talents or possible future career opportunities to help solve them. Below is a detailed look at the semester schedule:

List of 18 items.

  • Week 1: Exploring Self

    Students will be given a course introduction with expectations and engage in reflective goal setting and career/personality assessments. 
  • Week 2: Exploring Careers and Vocation

    Students will explore the subject of vocation and career. Students will select their chosen resources for the semester.
  • Week 3: Professionalism

    Students will look at what it means to be professional through the art of the interview and how they present themselves. Students will begin to develop their resume and learn about how to formulate a cover letter. 
  • Week 4: Networking

    Communication Skills and Branding: You are your brand. So how your market and communicate about yourself is vital to setting yourself apart from the rest of the pack. 
  • Week 5: Deep Dive Careers, Education

    Starting with week 5, students will look at taking a deep dive into various fields. Through the deep dive weeks students will research the career of the week and find how it can or does relate to their own interest. Students will create a report/presentation to share their findings with their classmates. Students will also start submitting artifacts for their proposal. 

    These Deep Dive Careers are a guideline but are subject to change based on the students enrolled in the class. Deep Dive weeks will always be weeks when we meet in person. Experiences within the class are created with the students enrolled in mind.
  • Week 6: Deep Dive Careers, Sciences

    These Deep Dive Careers are a guideline but are subject to change based on the students enrolled in the class. Deep Dive weeks will always be weeks when we meet in person. Experiences within the class are created with the students enrolled in mind. 
  • Week 7: Deep Dive Careers, Communications

    These Deep Dive Careers are a guideline but are subject to change based on the students enrolled in the class. Deep Dive weeks will always be weeks when we meet in person. Experiences within the class are created with the students enrolled in mind.
  • Week 8: Deep Dive Careers, Arts

    These Deep Dive Careers are a guideline but are subject to change based on the students enrolled in the class. Deep Dive weeks will always be weeks when we meet in person. Experiences within the class are created with the students enrolled in mind.
  • Week 9: Deep Dive Careers, Medical

    These Deep Dive Careers are a guideline but are subject to change based on the students enrolled in the class. Deep Dive weeks will always be weeks when we meet in person. Experiences within the class are created with the students enrolled in mind.
  • Week 10: Deep Dive Careers, Law

    These Deep Dive Careers are a guideline but are subject to change based on the students enrolled in the class. Deep Dive weeks will always be weeks when we meet in person. Experiences within the class are created with the students enrolled in mind.
  • Week 11: Deep Dive Careers, Entrepreneurship/Business

    These Deep Dive Careers are a guideline but are subject to change based on the students enrolled in the class. Deep Dive weeks will always be weeks when we meet in person. Experiences within the class are created with the students enrolled in mind.
  • Week 12: Panel/Mock Conference

    Students will begin to report on their initial areas of interest for the summer. 
  • Week 13: Community Engagement

    Students will look at what makes internships and community engagement meaningful. 
  • Week 14: Shadow A Community Professional

    Starting in week 14, students will start to shadow members in the community. Students will shadow a professional for at least 2 hours and reflect on what they learned. Based on the students interest, they will be paired with an expert in their field to shadow.

    This will span from week 14 – week 16 with group check in’s and reflections during this time. Each student will shadow a different community member each week, shadowing a total of 3 professionals by the end of week 16.
  • Week 15: Shadow A Community Professional

    Students will shadow a professional for at least 2 hours and reflect on what they learned. Based on the students interest, they will be paired with an expert in their field to shadow.
  • Week 16: Shadow A Community Professional

    Students will shadow a professional for at least 2 hours and reflect on what they learned. Based on the students interest, they will be paired with an expert in their field to shadow.
  • Week 17: Submit Summer Proposal

    Students will finalize and submit their summer proposal.
  • Week 18: Mentor/Internship Placement

    Students will meet with their mentor/internship placement.

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