It’s that time of year. Students are off for summer break, and local restaurants and retail stores will be flooded with applications from high school students looking for a job. This year, William S. Hart Union High School District’s Regional Occupation Program is offering students the opportunity to do more than flip burgers.
Spots are now open for 11th and 12th graders in the Hart District to spend the summer as unpaid interns with local businesses, learning about different career fields and exploring their areas of interest.
For five weeks between June 18 and July 18, students can participate in internships in accounting, business, interior design, marketing or mechanical engineering. Between 4 and 12 hours of on-site work is required, in addition to a weekly class at the District Office. For every 12 hours completed, students will earn one school credit.
“This program, through our Regional Occupation Program is new this year,” said Gail Pinsker, the district’s Community Liaison Officer. “It started in the fall of 2011, and it’s continued this spring, where we’re partnering with local businesses to provide internship opportunities for our students. So, in addition to doing it in the fall and spring, we’re trying it for the first time this summer as well.”
According to the program’s website, the Career Internship Course will allow students to test their interests and aptitudes in a particular career, as well as network and connect with professional contacts for professional recommendations and career mentors. Participants will also gain work experience to add to their resumes.
To be eligible, students must have qualifying grades, behavior and attendance. If you are interested in applying, click here  or call the Hart District at (661)259-0033. Applications are due on May 18.