“Sam Perry, a student at Big Picture High School in Bellevue, Washington, has spent the later part of the last …Read More
Overview: A main component of education at a Big Picture School is the LTI (Learning through Interests) internship program. In internships with an expert mentor in a field of the student’s interest, students complete an authentic project that benefits both the student and the mentor’s worksite. There projects are a key part of deepening student learning and academic growth. From 9th-12th grades, internships provide students with multiple opportunities to explore fields of interest, interact professionally with adults in a variety of areas, and complete real-world projects that develop their academic skills.
Internship Search: Students, parents, and Big Picture staff work together to secure internships for students based on each student’s interest area. Through the search process, students develop networking and communication skills, self-advocacy and initiative. Students are encouraged to stretch outside of their comfort zone and immerse themselves in the adult world. Due to age restrictions, some areas are more challenging to find internships for our 9th grade students. In these circumstances, we encourage students to explore areas closely related to their interests building skills that can be transferred to other placements when they are older.
Student Preparation: In the spring of 8th grade, Bellevue Big Picture students participate in an 8-week LTI Prep Class to prepare them for 9th grade and encourage students to start their internship search over the summer. In the 8th grade class, students work on networking, phone and email scripts, resumes and how to conduct and informational interview. In 9th grade, the LTI 5-week Prep Class covers the internship research and search process more in-depth, transferrable skills, the LTI project, mentor relationships, mock informational interviews, basic teen employment safety, rights and appropriate behavior.
Mentor Time Commitment: During the internship search process, a prospective intern will schedule an introductory informational interview which lasts about a half hour. If the intern and mentor wish to continue the process, the intern will schedule a longer visit for a job shadow experience. Once the placement is agreed upon, the intern will start his/her internship on consecutive Thursdays for 6-7 hours each day, lasting 10-12 weeks and may go longer if appropriate. During the internship placement, mentors are responsible for supervising their intern on Thursdays and developing a meaningful and rigorous project along with the help of Big Picture staff.
Interns are responsible for conducting 2 exhibitions (presentations), one at the end of first semester and one at year-end. Mentors are invited to come to exhibitions which are held at Big Picture. Also, there is a Mentor Appreciation Event in the spring to which mentors are invited. Mentor attendance at the school events (exhibitions and appreciation event) are highly recommended and appreciated, but are optional depending on availability and scheduling.
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Are you ready to become a mentor or just need more information? Complete the form below for a Big Picture staff member to contact you or call Barb Mercier – 425-456-7807 or Shanon Stathers – 425-456-7861.
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Internship Areas of Industry and Projects Examples
- Veterinarian clinic support
- Equine therapy for children
- Boarding and play therapy
- CAD design for small building
- Survey of architecture careers and building design/topography
- Mechanics and computer system servicing
- Rally Racing School YouTube marketing
- Event planning
- Business plan development
- Small business/retail operations
- Video game development
- IT support for schools
- Kitchen food preparation and distribution
- Large event food preparation and serving
- Curriculum material development
- Classroom support and supervision
- Library management
- 3D modeling
- HVAC designs
- CAD designs
- Drone design and build
- Data analysis
- Neighborhood traffic safety
- Fire safety
- Transportation electronics support
- Political campaign support
- Nursing rotation and patient care
- Hospital operations department rotation and support
- Naturopathic medicine
- Marketing support
- Exhibit docent – Discovery Corps.
- Marine biology
- Museum support
- Operations and support
- Costuming design
- Set design and construction
Bellevue Big Picture student Chloe Wen and her mentors David Hunter and Kishari Sing talk about their work together at …Read More
Isabella Burckhardt explains the steps in getting an internship in Bellevue Big Picture’s LTI (Learning Through Interests Internship Program)
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Bellevue Big Picture student Isabella Burckhardt and her mentor Pauline Corporal talk about their work together at Fexy Media during …Read More
Senior Sienna Jesson talks with fellow student Anjini Azhar about how her internships and work at Bellevue Big Picture helped …Read More
Senior David Graham talks with fellow student Anjini Azhar about how his internships and work at Bellevue Big Picture helped …Read More
Senior Camille Broussard talks with fellow student Haykal Mubin about how her internships and work at Bellevue Big Picture helped …Read More
Bellevue Big Picture student Nick Mesquita and his mentor Megan Buff talk about their work together at The Museum of …Read More
Each semester high school students at Big Picture get a head start on exploring potential careers through the school’s internship …Read More