Category Archives: Career

Celebrating a Successful Internship Program

Senior Ahna Jahir presents on her internship at the Cambridge City Council

Senior Ahna Jahir presents on her internship at the Cambridge City Council

Our 2015 Senior Internship Program culminated last week with a well-attended Exhibit Night, held for the second year at Google in Kendall Square. The seniors presented science-fair-style on their internship projects and were evaluated by faculty, family members, mentors and guests from the community. Successful completion of a 100-hour internship is a graduation requirement and a key part of CCSC’s mission to connect classroom learning with real-world experiences.  Continue reading

Senior Internship Program Underway

wordleSIPSenior internships have begun for the Class of 2015, and we are pleased to welcome 46 sponsor-organizations to our program — a record number. Each senior is matched with a mentor and will spend every Wednesday during the second semester at the host organization. These unpaid internships, which are both career exploratory and educational, help fulfill CCSC’s mission to provide real-world connections to students. Successful completion of an internship project is a graduation requirement.

We are very grateful to this year’s sponsor-organizations: Continue reading

Guest Speakers Discuss Careers in Creative Fields

Paul Alexander with daughter Fay, a CCSC humanities teacher.

Paul Alexander with daughter Fay, a CCSC humanities teacher.

Our 10th grade career speaker series has carried over into 2015, with visits from two professionals in creative fields. On January 9, Paul Alexander chief communications officer at Liberty Mutual Insurance (and father of teacher Fay Alexander), spoke about his career in marketing and advertising, and on January 13, graphic designer and publishing entrepreneur Darius Loftis talked about his work. Continue reading

10th Grader Career Speaker Series

Architect Wendy Prellwitz with 10th grader Wendi Kelly.

Architect Wendy Prellwitz with 10th grader Wendi Kelly.

Every CCSC student has a faculty advisor, and advisory groups (typically 10-12 students in the same grade) meet twice a week for an hour. The curriculum for our advisory program varies by grade. In middle school and grade 9, advisory provides time for academic check-ins, Roundtable and exam prep, and units on health and wellness and Internet safety.

The high school advisory curriculum is more geared toward preparing students for life beyond CCSC by helping them plan for college, apply to summer enrichment programs, and explore possible careers. During sophomore year we offer a career speaker series. Professionals from a variety of fields visit during advisory to talk about their work and the training and education they needed to find employment in their field. Continue reading

The Value of (Unpaid) Student Internships

Seniors '13 with their internship mentors

Seniors ’13 with their internship mentors

In the 2013 film comedy, The Internship, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson played interns at Google for laughs, but in real life unpaid internships have hit a rough patch in the public perception. With CCSC’s 2014 Senior Internship Program now entering its third week, we would like to take a moment to set the record straight about the expectations and educational value of our program. Continue reading