Review of Apologia Educational Ministries' Internship for High School Credit
Apologia Educational Ministries is one of those companies that puts out home run product after home run product. That's not to say that my family has always loved every single Apologia product we have ever used, because we haven't. However, I have never used an Apologia product that was not absolutely topnotch quality, and if it didn't work for our family, I could immediately think of a dozen others I knew who would love it. In fact, an entire shelf in my homeschool room is 100% Apologia material. This time around we were fortunate enough to review something I don't think I would have picked up on my own, but that I am very glad I had the opportunity to look at - Internship for High School Credit.
This 99-page spiral-bound workbook is basically a road map to teach high school students and their parents how to earn high school credit for interning! The book is divided into five parts: Getting Started, Information for Parents, First Semester, Second Semester, and Course Wrap-Up (plus and Appendix, About the Author, and Bibliography). Within each part are 6-11 sections. The subtitle of this book is "Practical Help to Explore and Direct Your Career Plans," and that's exactly what this book is: practical help.
The book first takes you through the process of thinking about the type of internship you are interested in, how to find a relevant company, how to receive high school credit, how to write a letter of introduction and resume, and how to interview. Best of all, it includes samples of the relevant documents you will need to write. From my own perspective, the second part is the most helpful, as it walks parents through exactly what they need to know in this whole process. Parts 3 and 4 are comprised almost entirely of worksheets as the student actually completes the internship, documenting the entire process.Part 5 is very short and instructs students to write a thank you note to their internship provider, as well as asking for a letter of recommendation and updating their resume. These are steps that many students may actually forget, so it's incredibly useful to include them here.
How We Used This Book
When I first requested this product for review, i knew that Therese (15) would not be in the position of embarking on a high school internship in the near future, but I was intrigued at being able to put this idea on the back burner. Now that I have read this book and seen exactly how the process can work, I am actually really excited about the process. I also have numerous internship ideas for her! Your internship possibilities truly are limited primarily by your imagination, and this book really helps you to see that that is the case. Also, if you want to intern for high school credit, this book is a huge help in making that happen, especially if you live in a state that requires significant documentation. Every conceivable worksheet and documentation form you could need is here. Some worksheet examples include: semester goals, weekly worksheets that track dates and hours worked each week, weekly questions and activities (to be completed essay style), midterm work performance evaluation, and so much more. I really recommend this book for every parent of a high school student, homeschooled or not, whether you think your child will intern or not (because I am pretty sure that after reading this book, you will begin to consider interning as a possibility for your child!).