- Career Experience Specialist
Work Experience Opportunities for Students
Jobs for Graduates and Soon-To-Be Graduates
Virginia Youth Registered Apprenticeships
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.
Career Fair - Students may have opportunities to participate in local career fairs and conferences. These events are considered field trips and must be arranged through the student's teacher, the Academy Counselor or Career Experience Specialist or the base school Career Center Specialist. One such event is the Apprenticeships and Skilled Workforce Career Fair hosted by Edison Academy which takes place in the fall to introduce students to employers who are seeking the skills they will develop during their classes at the Academy. Others may include engineering, public safety, and STEM career events offered by other Academies and local universities.
Individual Career Counseling - Students may request assistance in determining career direction through assessments of interest and aptitudes. They may also participate in workshops, class activities and special events to learn and enhance job search, resume preparation, interview, and business etiquette skills.
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 and Industry Tours Programs- Opportunities to participate in these events may be offered throughout the year by collaborating business, industry and government organizations. Students may spend all or part of their school day with a business representative(s) to gain insight and an inside look and overview of a company, career field, organization, or government entity. Interested students should complete an “I want to Job Shadow” interest form early in the school year and prepare a resume to submit to the Career Experience Specialist in order to be considered for Job Shadow experiences that are offered. Industry Tours are typically offered on a first come first served basis to small groups of students in specific career-related classes.
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. \volunteers from business and industry may provide coaching for improvement of interview skills and resume critique in spring workshops such as the Mock Interviews.
Internship Program - Internships may be offered by organizations in the DC Metro area 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 workplace setting. Students build a greater resume of experiences and gain additional knowledge to better prepare them for their future careers. Internships may be paid or unpaid. See Student Internships for current and upcoming internship opportunities.
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 @email
Career Research and Exploration Links
- Virginia Education Wizard
- Virginia Career View
- Virginia Workforce Connection