• How many site hours will I need to complete each week?

    While it varies depending on mentor and student schedules, you can expect to complete 4-6 site hours per week.

    How long will the classroom assignments take me each week?

    Approximately 1 hour per week.

    Do I need to sign up for the internship course when I meet with my school counselor about scheduling for next year?

    While you don't have to sign up for it, letting your school counselor know you are applying to the internship program will be helpful to him/her in the scheduling process. If you are accepted into the internship program, it will automatically be added to your schedule.

    Does the internship program take up a period in my schedule?

    No. The internship program will be scheduled as a "Period 9" class and will not take up a period in your schedule.

    HOWEVER, it is advised (and depending on the internship site, sometimes required) that you have 8th period open for ease of scheduling internship site hours.

    NOTE: If interested in doing an internship in the field of education, you must be able to get 7th and 8th periods open at least every other day.

    What is the classroom component of the internship program?

    The internship program includes an asynchronous online course via Google Classroom. In addition to worksite hours, students should expect to spend approximately 1-1.5 hours per week on coursework.

    Do I need NYS working papers? Where do I get them?

    Yes, all students are required to have valid NYS Working Papers to participate in the internship program. Information on how to obtain them can be found here.

    When does the internship program take place?

    The internship program runs during the first semester of a student's senior year. Students should expect to start the internship course and their site hours in September of their senior year.

    When will I find out if I was selected to participate in the program?

    Students who have applied should expect to hear about acceptance into the program by mid-March of their junior year.

    How do I get to and from my internship site?

    Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from the internship site.

    How will I be placed for the internship?

    The internship coordinator will work with students to find an internship site that aligns with the student's career interests. While many internship sites are located close to Orchard Park, it may be required for a student to travel 20-30 minutes for an internship placement. Some placements may be in Downtown Buffalo and could involve a cost for parking.

    What will I need to wear to my internship?

    Appropriate attire is determined by the individual internship sites. Students may be required to have professional attire for the internship program.

    Will I be paid for my internship site hours?

    No. NYSED does not permit students enrolled in this internship program to be paid.