Thank you for taking a moment to look at Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School’s 8th grade internship program. We have offered this program for over a decade to our students, who have found the experience both fulfilling and exciting. Our goal is to teach our students academic skills that help them more effectively navigate the working world, while showing them the ropes of actually asking for and acquiring an internship to learn more about a profession they might find interesting.
Before the internship we ask students to:
Discern which profession they would like to pursue
Write a thorough proposal explaining why they would like this particular profession
Draft a business email to a potential mentor, inquiring for an internship position
Practice phone and email etiquette, as well as intrapersonal communication skills
Get to know their business and mentor using web research
While they are at their internship, we ask students to:
Spend 6-8 hours per day for three days with their mentor and business in February
Dress professionally (as dictated by the business or mentor)
Be punctual and professional in their behaviors and communication
Keep a journal of what they learn while with their mentors and other workers
Be an inquisitive and active learner
Photograph their experience of their internship
When they return from their internship, we ask students to:
Organize their journal entries, web research, and photographs
Create a science-fair style presentation board documenting their experience
Present their experience to teachers, students, and parents at an 8th Grade Internship Fair in early March
Write a handwritten thank you note to their mentor explaining what they learned while in the stewardship of a business
This year’s internship dates are February 17-19, 2021.
We hope you will consider hosting a Grace-St. Luke’s student. If you have any questions about our program, please contact the internship coordinator and 8th grade English teacher, Kimberly White.
Letter to Mentors
Thank you for considering participating in the 8th Grade Independent Internship project this year at Grace-St. Luke’s. This project was created to give our 8th graders a chance to use the skills they are learning in real-world settings, and to help them begin to think about possible career paths as they continue their educational journey. Back when I was in high school, I had the opportunity to intern for a month at the Annenberg Theater at the University of Pennsylvania. It was a wonderful opportunity for me to learn about theater and how things worked behind the scenes. Even more, I gained a great deal of confidence and independence from this experience. While I did not ultimately pursue theater as a career, I discovered a lot about the business and myself.
Our hope is that these internships will spark similar revelations in our 8th graders. We want them to develop their leadership skills and independence while applying their classroom learning to the world of work. The 8th Grade Internship Project is a signature program for GSL, and an exceptional and innovative opportunity for Middle School students.
Some answers to questions you may have: Students will be graded on the steps leading up to the final product, but the final product will be evaluated by the community at large, including students, teachers, and parents. Just as in the real world of work, the evaluation will be peers and superiors commenting on the student’s efforts. We want the students to focus more on the process of preparing for the project and completing the internship rather than producing a final presentation for a letter grade. This is an invaluable experience for all of our students. We could not do it without your support, and we thank you!
Thor A. Kvande
Head of School
Click here to read about our program in the Commercial Appeal.
Click here to read about our program in our Spring 2012 Anchor Magazine.
Click here to see more about this project in a recent GSL TAIS presentation.
Many thanks to the businesses who have participated as mentors in previous years:
92.9 ESPN Radio
98.1 The Max
All Better Pediatrics
Le Bonheur Hospital
Central Animal Hospital
Anna Lattimore Interior Design
McLaren / Fisker - San Francisco
Baker Donnelson Law
Bell Fine Art Jewelry
Big River Engineering
Pink Palace Museum
Stax Museum of American Soul Music
Red Door Wealth
Wilson Air Center
Memphis Tigers Basketball
Playhouse on the Square
WMC-TV News Channel 5
Judge Sherry Lipman
Montgomery Martin Contractors
Memphis Humane Society
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation
New Ballet Ensemble