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Internship Day: Mentor Information Form

Wednesday, October 17, and Friday, October 19

What are we looking for in a mentor for Internship Day?
A mentor is anyone who can teach one of our 8th Grade students the key points of their career. Mentors will be asked to provide guidance, engage in conversations, and get to know a student’s interests while providing a range of experiences during the day. Our students’ interests are as varied as the types of jobs that exist, although many have not thought that far ahead. Therefore, conversations about what led you to your current profession are valuable as they make the connection between school and life.

Internship Day corresponds with the 8th Grade On Your Feet class, regarding interviewing skills, public speaking, and etiquette. Our goals for students relate to managing their stress and anxiety in meeting new people, making a positive first impression, and being curious about their world. Our essential questions for this trimester is "How do you make connections with new people? How do people connect with you?"

What are my commitments as a mentor?

  1. You should be able to pick up your student from Catherine Cook by 8:30 a.m. and drop them back at school around 1:00 p.m. on either or both of our two Internship Days - October 17 and October 19. Our 8th Graders will be participating in one of these two dates. We do not want students traveling by themselves, as they are minors in your care during this day. You may travel in your own vehicle, a taxi, or public transportation, but your student must be accompanied by an adult. If you feel these travel arrangements or the time frame will prevent you from volunteering, let us know on the Internship Day form so we can attempt to make alternate plans. Do not let this deter you from volunteering - the times are negotiable if there are worthwhile experiences for students to see at another time during the day.

  2. Please provide lunch for your student before they return to school. Emergency/allergy information will be given to you prior to Internship Day and your contacts at school are Blaire Strom and Cory Stutts.

What kind of experiences are students looking for in an Internship Day?
The answer is simple – all kinds! You will receive a background information sheet about the student(s) who are coming to visit. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Create an agenda for your student prior to their arrival so they can maximize their experience.
  • It is a good idea to plan at least one activity that they will be able to participate in directly. Our students are eager to help and have these hands-on experiences! This could be inclusion in a brainstorming meeting, office assistant work, given problems that you face in the office, etc.
  • You could introduce the students to other members of your organization and have them observe more than one facet of your business.
  • If there is a time of the day when you are unable to directly supervise your student, please make advance arrangements for someone else in your office to mentor.
  • Most importantly, they may be nervous, so try to learn about them to make them feel more comfortable in the new space they are visiting!

How do I sign up to be a mentor?
Complete the Mentor Information form below or contact Blaire Strom at bstrom@ccookschool.org no later than Friday, September 28.