Every June, and with much of the same pomp and buzz of a vibrant trade show convention, Community Charter School of Cambridge’s Senior Internship Exhibition Night showcases the talent and accomplishments of its graduating seniors.
The public charter school, one of the area’s premier college preparatory programs for 7th-12 grade students, celebrated the work of the Class of 2012 on Wednesday, June 6th, bringing more than 100 community partners, parents, and friends to the school.
The CCSC Senior Internship Program is challenging: A requirement for high school graduation, students must spend a minimum of 100 hours at their internship site. The students keep a journal of their experiences, and write reflective essays about their work experience. The essays are shared with classmates and others at the end of the program. Students are also required to formally present the specific project on which they have worked during their internship at an open forum where they are judged by community members, CCSC faculty and staff, and others.
CCSC Senior Teiona Knight spent every Thursday for the past four months working at Google in Kendall Square. “It was a great experience,” said Teiona, who is headed to Curry College in the fall. “My internship helped me to understand why my education is important. Working at Google every Thursday, I saw what it takes to be successful. I feel like I’m a step ahead of seniors at other schools because I was fortunate enough to have this opportunity.”