• ATTENTION: In support of our football team reaching semi-state, we are moving our early release date from Thursday, November 21, 2019, to Friday, November 22, 2019.  Early release time for the Elementary and Intermediate School is 1:25 p.m., and for the High School and Middle School 1:48 p.m., We ask that you please make any necessary adjustments in advance of Friday. 
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Internships & Work Based Learning

Student Internships


The best way to get it done, is to do it yourself, right?


If you're a student, you're learning with books or a computer in a classroom.  Real life is SO much different.  Unless you're hands-on, how can you possible say you know how to do something?  There's nothing sadder than a student going to college for four years and then realizing he/she picked the wrong field to study.  Don't let this happen to you!  Experience the career BEFORE you spend a ton of money on it.  


As part of the CTE (Career & Technical Education) pathways, Merrillville High School offers two (2) types of student internships during the day in your junior and/or senior year.  Placement would depend upon your meaningful career goal.  Here are the minimum requirements:




(Professional Career Internship 


(Internship Capstone Experience 

Type     Exploratory      Capstone
Grade    Juniors or Senior  Senior
Length    1 semester  1-3 semesters
Academic 2.8 minimum  2.8 minimum
Behavioral  no discipline infractions  no discipline infractions
Attendance    80% or better  80% or better 
Credits    3  3-9
Application    Required  Required 
References 3 Staff Required  3 Staff Required
Transportation Provided by student  Provided by student
Work Schedule Noon to 3:00 pm     Noon to 3:00 pm
Seminars     Every Monday - required   Every Monday - required
Diploma  Core 40, Academic Honors, Technical Honors Core 40, Academic Honors, Technical Honors 


MHS Internship placements are with successful businesses right here in our community.  Your mentors have weathered the recession, seen their share of both good and bad times and have the best experience and knowledge to share with you. Additionally, MHS wants to insure you only intern with the best.


With that said, not everyone is mature or responsible enough to professionally represent our school or the business that is taking you under its wing. So MHS has those certain minimum requirements above and great expectations for students who want this experience for their resume.  


How it works:

 1.  Qualify for the internship (see above chart)

 2.  Students attend 1st and 2nd hour classes and intern from noon to 3:00 p.m. each school day.  For the first ten (10) days of the semester and the last 2-3 days of the semester, students spend the afternoon with the Internship Coordinator, Mrs. Row.  After those first 10 days, every Monday is a seminar day where student interns are required to attend concurrent classroom instruction during 3rd hour at school.

 3.  Resumes and interviews (both with Mrs. Row & the business) are required to get the internship and time cards are required for every week of work. (We'll work on your resume, cover letter and interview skills in Seminar.)

 4.  Unscheduled observations at work can expected at any time.

 5.  Students are legally obligated to keep all of the business' matters strictly confidential.

 6.  Students sign legal training contracts with the business.

 7.  Students get three (3) hours credit per internship, so make sure all of your work is top quality all the time! If you get an "A", that's three "A"s on your report card.

 8.  Students provide their own transportation from school to work.

 9.  Students will eat lunch BEFORE they go to their internship and NOT take a break while at work.  (You're only there for 3 hours.)

10. This is a real life work environment and these mentors from the community have agreed to take you under their wing.  They will lose valuable production time while training you so show only the utmost respect for their time and knowledge.

11. Businesses and Mrs. Row determine your grades.


For additional questions, email Mrs. Row or visit our web site



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