Healdsburg High School offers the only internship program of its kind in Sonoma County. With the generous support of the Healdsburg Education Foundation, the program looks to mentor the workforce of tomorrow by exposing high school students to real world work experience.
All juniors at Healdsburg High School attend a 6 day internship at a local business in January and February. Students are required to conduct career research, draft a resume and cover letter, attend an interview and are prepared on workplace etiquette. Each student has a specific project focus at the internship site and a key deliverable.
Mentors are matched to the students based on the student’s career interest. Businesses are coached in preparing for their intern and asked to give honest, specific feedback on their student’s performance.
Over 80 local business participate in the program, along with 150 juniors. “The response from local businesses has been astounding. We have more business mentors than we have students,” says Chris Vanden Heuvel, Superintendent of the Healdsburg School District. “Career readiness is a key initiative at Healdsburg High, and the Academic Internship Program gives our students a competitive advantage.”
Form more information about Healdsburg High School’s Academic Internship Program, contact Shelley Anderson, Work Based Learning Coordinator, at 707-481-3934.