Career Experience Program Overview
Students have a variety of options for gaining work and career experience as a part of their Academy education. The following list details some of the career experience opportunities available to Academy students which serve to enhance their learning and preparation for the workplace.
Individual Career Counseling - Students receive assistance in determining career direction through assessments of interest and aptitudes. They may also receive individual help to learn job search skills, resume preparation, interview skills, and career etiquette.
Classroom Speaker Series - Area business and post secondary education representatives may visit Academy classes to present information on various career fields and to provide information on the employment outlook for those careers to help students make career decisions and to better understand the “next steps” towards attaining their career goals.
Career Shadow Program- Shadow Day events occurs in the spring of each year. Students are offered the opportunity to spend the day with a business representative, receive information about a specific career of interest, and get an inside look and overview of the company or organization. Interested students should complete a “I want to Job Shadow” interest form and prepare a resume to be considered for Job Shadow experiences.
Resume Writing/Critiquing & Interview Preparation - Students may participate in a resume lesson in their classes to develop a generic resume which they may customize throughout the school year as they attain new skills and experiences. Workshops focused on refining the resume and developing other Workplace Readiness Skills are offered throughout the year. A Mock Interview event is held in the spring with volunteers from business and industry who provide coaching for improvement of interview skills and resume critique.
Internship Program - Internships are often offered by the business community. The purpose of the internship program is to offer qualified students the opportunity to apply and build upon Academy course skills and knowledge in a live work place setting. Students build a resume of experience and gain additional knowledge to better prepare them for careers. Internships are typically unpaid but occasionally do provide compensation for student learners.
Internship Application Steps
- Discuss your interest in an internship with your Academy teacher.
- Meet all eligibility requirements as stated below.
- Obtain teacher and counselor recommendation forms and return to Ms. Williford.
- Prepare a resume of your interest, knowledge, and skills.
- Submit resume and recommendations to Ms. Williford in the Academy office.
- Schedule a meeting with Ms. Williford to discuss specific program requirements, expectations, your interests and goals and potential internship placements.
- Prepare for potential interviews with internship experience sponsors.
Internship Eligibility Requirements
- Maintain good academic standing in your school classes; a grade of B or better is the recommended average for the Academy class.
- Maintain a good professional business attitude in the classroom, with teachers, students, and all adults.
- Demonstrate excellent school attendance; a 95% attendance rate is recommended.
- Maintain good behavior, with no disciplinary actions taken against you.
- Be recommended by your Academy instructor and school counselor.
- Provide your own transportation to and from the internship site.
To learn more about the Career Experience Program at Edison Academy, please contact:
Genie Williford Career Experience Specialist 703.924.8154 firstname.lastname@example.org
Career Research and Exploration Links
- Virginia Education Wizard
- Virginia Career View
- Virginia Workforce Connection