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Career Academy Internships

The Career Academy Internship program is a great way to groom future talent.

Jack Letzer, John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

It’s a win-win for our organization.

Ann Heaver, Rebuilding Together Howard County

Students participating in Career Academies receive focused instruction and experience in a chosen career field. Immersion in the subject area, through specialized coursework and hands-on experiences, enables the student to explore the field before starting college or a career, while gaining practical skills and contacts that can prove invaluable to future success. An internship with a professional in the chosen field provides a key career immersion experience for students in several Career Academies. During the internship, the student develops original research, a creative production or a community-benefit project.

Below are just a few of the many ways that students – with the support of professional mentors – contribute to their mentor sites:

  • researching and writing grants to help fund local community projects.
  • using technical skills in networking and programming, computer repair and help desk support.
  • assisting with maintenance and repairs for construction management projects.


Students enrolled in a Career Academy can confirm eligibility by contacting the Office of Career and Technology Education or their school counselor.

Mentor Role

  • Provide a professional level internship related to subject of interest to both student and mentor.
  • Evaluate student progress and final project.
  • Additional roles and responsibilities.

Benefits To Mentor/Organization

  • Gain personal satisfaction through working with highly motivated interns.
  • Identify and nurture top-caliber talent early.
  • Receive high quality work and fresh perspectives that enhance the company’s mission and goals.


  • 5-10 hours per week (unpaid) at job site throughout school year.
  • Student provides transportation.

Career Academies

Learn more about each HCPSS Career Academy →


  • Office of Career and Technology Education – 410-313-6636

The Career Academy Internship program “allows my employees to showcase their skills by mentoring, thus improving employee retention and boosting morale when they are able to share the workload.”

Tracy Turner, Howard Tech Council