What if your child could learn to write a resume, find and interview for a job and work in a professional environment all before their third year of high school? At the British International School of Boston, they can.
Preparing for the future
Our Boston private school ensures your child is ready for college and careers through our annual work experience program, open to students in Year 11. Following the IGCSE exams taken in the spring of Year 11 students are required to participate in a two-week internship in a field of their choosing.
This program ensures your child is equipped with key professional skills and helps students refine their university and professional goals two full years before they graduate from high school.
Looking ahead to college
We believe that this is an invaluable experience, which allows students the opportunity to learn about different industries, see the relevance of school subjects in the world of work and gain greater self-confidence and maturity. It will also help in making a more informed decision about future careers, as well as potentially assisting students in making more appropriate university choices.
In past years, our students have worked at medical research laboratories, top Boston hospitals and medical centers, advertising and marketing agencies, a recording studio, financial management institutions and more. Students are encouraged to explore a field that interests them, and many make connections that extend far beyond the end of their two-week internship, continuing to work with the company over summer breaks and even during college.
Learning the process
The work experience program at our Boston school begins in the fall of Year 11, as students begin working with their teachers and mentors to determine the fields they may have an interest in.
Students spend time learning to write resumes and cover letters, learning how to call and inquire about work placements at local companies, and also gain key interview skills. Students are empowered to find and confirm their own work placements, supported by school staff as needed.
Through this experience, students will:
- Work alongside adults as part of a team
- Develop and practice a range of new skills
- Become more confident in their abilities
- Relate their school curriculum to the workplace
- Make more informed decisions about their future
- Learn a range of transferable skills and personal qualities that will contribute toward their future employability