Last month, a group of students in their junior year at Boston Collegiate Charter School (BCCS) completed a two-week long onsite internship at a wide range of organizations across the city. The program, designed to give students valuable insights into career choices and help them consider potential college majors, connected the juniors with over 40 Boston organizations across several fields including, health, finance, law, and technology.
“This internship program is integral to the school delivers on its mission to prepare each student for college and beyond,” said Shannah Varón, executive director of BCCS. “Our students can only aspire to what they know, and this experience allows them to imagine their future in any number of career fields.”
BCCS junior Richard Matos de la Cruz of Dorchester nabbed an internship with The Red Sox Foundation, while Angelika Kania and Grace MacPherson of Dorchester logged their hours at LogMeIn, a Fort Point-based software company.
During the internship, each student completes at least 55 hours of on-site work before returning to the school and presenting about their experience to their peers. This year’s program saw students intern at corporations, small businesses, medical sites, government offices, and non-profit organizations throughout Greater Boston, including collaborations with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston College, MIT, the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, and Turner Construction Company.
“We know that hands-on experience can provide a competitive advantage for our students when they apply for internships while in college and jobs thereafter,” Varón said. “We are grateful to the many businesses and organizations that have partnered with us to ensure that our students are truly prepared for college and the workforce.”