AVPA Internship



The AVPA /TIPS Navicate Internship Course involves a 20 hour pre-employment skills course. The TIPS (Training Interns and Partnering for Success) curriculum includes interactive student activities, site visits with businesses, and classroom presentations by professionals and employers. Students learn soft job skills and prepare to be successful at an internship. The active internship includes a 40 hour internship outside of the regular school day with a local business where students gain real world experience and learn hard skills. The 40 hour unpaid internship is framed around a training plan and includes goals that the intern and the internship supervisor develop together. Instructors track and support students throughout both parts of the TIPS class. The internship phase necessitate outside the school day hours and transportation.

Specific course objectives:
The course includes soft skill goals such as
1. Work Ethic and Professionalism: Attendance and punctuality, workplace appearance, accepting direction and feedback, motivation and initiative, and understanding workplace culture, policy, and safety.
2. Communication and Interpersonal Skills: speaking and using appropriate language, active listening and understanding, and interacting with co-workers and supervisor.
3. The student also works on goals that relate directly to the career field about which they are learning.


Grading and assessment:
Students are assessed on a point system, with each assignment being given a set number of points. Assignments might include journal writes, projects, formal writing, activities, and presentations.

Because assuming a professional internship in the business community is a serious responsibility, students must complete all assignments on the date they are due unless excused. Failure to do so indicates a lack of readiness to be placed in a professional environment where meeting deadlines and accountability are essential. To that end, if a student demonstrates a pattern of not handing in assignments on time or at all, they will not be placed in an internship.

Journal Assignments:
For every class day that a journal assignment is late, 5 points will be deducted from the journal grade. Journals are worth 20 points, so that means 4 classes late equals “0” points.

For major projects such as the Identity Project, Strength Advertisement, Dream Job Presentation, and Resume and Cover letter, all drafts must be on time, or they will receive a zero. Final drafts of major projects are a requirement in order to be placed in a professional internship.

No assignment is a throwaway and all assignments must be completed by Friday, March 21st.

Final assessments:
At EHS, mid-year and/or end-of-year/course assessments provide authentic, meaningful experiences designed to measure student learning and achievement. These assessments may be written exams, performance tasks, and/or projects. Exams count for 20% of the student’s semester grade.

In this course. students will present their Internship Learning in a public presentation at 6 pm on June 5, 2014. This will serve as their final exam for the semester.Reserve the date – let your work, family, or community organization know now.

Internship Final Exam Presentation

Invite your parents, site supervisors, and anyone you would like to support you.
Here are the requirements of the presentation:

  • Dress professionally.
  • Your presentation must be 5-7 minutes in length (no “one minute and I’m outta here” presentations.)
  • Your presentation must be presented formally. Yes, you will be standing at a podium and may use note cards to remind yourself about what you need to say. But don’t bring your whole speech.

Here’s what to include:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Your Logo and tag line at the beginning of your presentation.
  • A Prezi or PowerPoint component that documents your experience in the internship. It might be a project you are particularly proud of having accomplished, evidence of something you worked on, etc. Website shot, or photos are fine.
  • Why you accepted the internship placement- why you were interested in it.
  • Information about the company/business.
  • What your internship entailed. What a typical day looked like for you.
  • New skills or learning/knowledge you attained through the experience.
  • What you believe you brought to the organization. Your contributions.
  • Last, what you are most proud of having learned or done throughout the experience.
  • And thank your audience at the end of your presentation for listening, coming, etc.

This is your final exam- you must include all components of this outline in order to meet the standard. It is also great practice for your Capstone presentation. Rehearse your speech/presentation many times, even in front of an audience, to help you become comfortable with the experience.