What is internship, and why do we do it at High Tech High Chula Vista?

At High Tech High Chula Vista, we make sure to provide connections to the “adult world” to students at every grade level, but it gets really serious in Junior Year: juniors aren’t just “connected” to the adult world – for three weeks, they’re part of it, working full-time as an intern in a professional organization.

Internships provide students with real world learning experiences, career development, and public service. Meanwhile, host organizations benefit from the contributions of creative and innovative HTH students. If you are interested in receiving more information or have any questions, please contact us.

Features of the Internship Program (FOR MENTORS)

It is up to you as a mentor to decide which internship works best for you: in-person or virtual:

In-person Internship Expectations

At the end of internship, students will present what they’ve learned to parents, teachers, mentor, and fellow students.

What you need to do in order to get credit for internship?

Internship Logistics

2024 Internship dates: Internships last for four weeks from Monday, April 29th to Friday, May 31st, 2024

Insurance: Interns are covered by HTH liability insurance while on-site or participating in any activity related to their internship.

Pay: Internships are unpaid. Interns may be paid after internship hours, after school, or in the summer at mentor’s discretion. Donations are accepted to the program for transportation and other expenses.

Transportation: Students and their families are responsible for finding transportation to internship.

The Role of the Mentor

Each student is paired with an on-site mentor who holds a Bachelor’s Degree or higher and understands and supports the goals of the program. Mentors communicate regularly with the HTHCV Internship coordinator about student progress, attendance, and project development. During the three-week immersion, teachers visit the worksites to check in and offer support.

Every mentor must…

The Internship Project

The student and mentor work together to plan the student’s internship project. It is important to develop a project proposal during the first week of internship (if not before), to ensure that both the mentor and the intern have a clear goal to work towards.

In the past, interns have worked on projects that range from event and marketing support projects, web design projects, recruitment and retention projects with HR department, networking, software and hardware support, and public relations support, including presentations in public forums and in the community. You can see examples of past internship projects here.