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Internship & Work Experience

Internship (Career Exploration Internship Program—CEIP)

The Internship program is a New York State registered program that gives students the opportunity to explore a career they may be interested in pursuing in the future, while still in high school. Any career is acceptable to pursue. Students gain valuable experience working alongside a career professional, which can help in college acceptance as well as gaining meaningful employment skills.

This is a one-semester program, offered in the summer, fall, and spring. Students must be 16 years old, a junior or senior, and be able to provide their own transportation. Application packets are available in the Guidance Office, in the Business Department, and on WITS. Interviewing takes place in December/January in preparation for placement for the following Summer, Fall and Spring semesters. If accepted, Internship is scheduled as a 9th period class for Fall/Spring semesters on the student’s schedule and they attend class once per week during 9th period. The Summer program is scheduled over 6 weeks and students attend class once per week for 3 hours. Students must apply to the program, be interviewed by the internship coordinator, and obtain two teacher recommendations. Consideration for acceptance is based on student availability, responsibility, sincere desire, dependability, and attendance/tardiness records.

If accepted, the internship coordinator works with parents and the student to find an appropriate placement in the community. Students must intern 54 hours during the semester, and attend class once a week. Students make their own schedule with the mentor to meet the 54 hour requirement. The schedule is based on student/mentor availability. 54 hours at the internship site and fulfilling the classroom component will result in a “Satisfactory” grade in the course and students receive 1/2 unit of credit.

Internship Placements

Below is a sample of some of the locations that students from all 3 district high schools are exploring or have explored their career interests at:

  • AmClare Veterinary Hospital
  • Amherst Pediatrics
  • Amherst Police Department
  • Back To Basics Chiropractic, LLC
  • Buffalo Spine and Sports
  • Buffalo Bisons Baseball
  • Buffalo Federal Credit Union
  • Buffalo General Hospital
  • Buffalo Orthopedic Group
  • Buscaglia Law Practice
  • Creative Beginnings
  • Dash's Market
  • DKS CPAs, P.C
  • DormCo, Inc.
  • ECMC Medical Clinic
  • Excelsior Orthopedics
  • Fried and Klowon Law Firm
  • Gilman Ciocia Tax and Financial Planning
  • Hyattsville Chiropractic & Rehab
  • Kadish and Fiordaliso
  • M & T Bank
  • Main-Transit Fire Department
  • Mary Talbert Clinic
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
  • NC Bechtel Stables
  • Northtown Physical Therapy
  • Partnership for the Public Good
  • Penfield Community Television
  • Political Office of Kathy Hochul
  • Realty USA
  • Rebecca Talmud Law Firm
  • Rite Aid Pharmacy
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute
  • Victor R.I. Ramirez
  • Walgreens Pharmacy
  • West Herr Honda
  • Williamsville CSD - multiple locations
  • Women's & Children's Hospital
Work Experience (General Education Work Experience Program—GEWEP)

Work Experience is a New York State registered program that provides students the opportunity to earn credit for employment outside of school. Using skills learned in the classroom, student have the opportunity to gainfully use those skills in the workplace. On-the-job training and general work experience is coordinated with the school schedule. The program is supervised by a work experience coordinator. It is designed not only to supplement the student’s income but to permit him/her the opportunity to learn the skills necessary to seek, obtain, maintain, and be successful on the job. 150 hours of work equals 1/2 unit of credit and  300+ hours of work equals  1 unit credit.  A student must be enrolled in a business course during the year in which he/she is receiving credit.