Each year, Siena high school students undertake a two-week volunteer internship in the Washington DC area. With guidance from Siena teachers, students choose a new internship annually to explore career interests through direct experience. Students have chosen a broad range of internships, including art studios, theaters, veterinary clinics, architectural and law firms, schools, technology and web design vendors, soup kitchens, and other venues that appropriately support a student's interests and development. Each student completes a project related to his/her internship.
Addressing the National Career Development Guidelines, these two-week internships provide students with work-based learning experience, requiring them to apply their personal skills and interests to a professional environment. There are three stages to the internship program: preparation, participation and reflection. In addition to identifying internship opportunities based on personal skills and interests, students learn about professional expectations. These include the practical implications of time management, the importance of attire etc.
2015 Internship Sites
||National Capital Area Council, The Boy Scouts of America
|A Wider Circle
||Office of Montgomery County Executive
||Piney Branch Elementary School
|Asparagus Media Recording
|Bethesda Soccer Club
||PT Department - Orthopaedic Associates
|| Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
||Round House Theatre
|Bullis School Athletic Department
||Silver Spring Learning Center
|Capital City Cheesecake
||Stephen Morris - Engineering
||The McLean School
|Georgetown Hill Day School
||Valley Mill Camp
|Gookin Industries Inc.
||Washington Life Magazine
||White Oak Middle School
Siena high school students participate in school-based community service programs and also earn service-learning credit through independent work and internships. Siena students must earn 60 hours of service-learning to fulfill graduation requirements.
Siena students annually volunteer at the National Capital Area Food Bank, and have visited local nursing homes and senior centers, among other community service opportunities.
In recent years, Siena students have selected the Help The Homeless organization as its charity, completing a walkathon and raising money for the homeless through continuing activities including an Art Show featuring works by Siena Students displayed at Art Whino, an art gallery in Alexandria, VA, as well as Pyramid Atlantic and ArtSpring in downtown Silver Spring.