While New Canaan High School’s senior internship program or ‘SIP’ has only been up and running for about eight years, the number of students that choose to participate has skyrocketed. But what is the 6 percent of the class of 2018 that chose to stay for their final month of high school up to? Senior Zach Miller said his older sister hadn’t done SIP and he decided to forgo it, too. Miller said he has had a more casual experience in the classroom in the past month. “Most of the time there really isn’t much to do,” Miller said.
This spring, 289 New Canaan High School seniors will participate in an increasingly popular internship program that sends the students to work for the last month of the academic year at local and area businesses and organizations. The figure represents about 94 percent of the Class of 2018—marking a high point in the history of a program that launched with just a dozen NCHS seniors in 2011. Heather Bianco, coordinator of the Senior Internship Program, attributed the rise in popularity of ‘SIP’ its many benefits for students. “It just gives them experience out of school in a work environment that they don’t get in school and a lot of them have not had a job before, so it just gives a professional environment where they can get a real-life work experience,” Bianco, who is in her second full year of overseeing the program, told NewCanaanite.com. Here’s a look at its growth (article continues below):
Bianco took the reins from Sue Carroll, who as coordinator of the College and Career Center at NCHS had overseen the development and first several years of SIP with help from a volunteer steering committee.
As an already popular program that places New Canaan High School seniors in local businesses for internships each spring skyrockets toward an all-time high in participation, district officials are seeking additional “host sites” to accommodate the students. Of the 333 total seniors in the NCHS class of 2017, 278 applied for the “Senior Internship Program,” up from 165 one year ago. “Because we have over 100 more kids than last year, we are looking for 100 more spots, so that is our challenge,” said Susan Carroll, coordinator of the College & Career Center at NCHS. Asked to account for the program’s rapidly rising popularity, Carroll said: “I think that it is part of the culture at New Canaan High School now. This class, because the program is eight years old, they have never not had seniors going into a senior internship program.
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This spring marks the sixth year of the NCHS Senior Internship Program and there are 160 students —double the amount over last year. In all, 119 unique sites host the teens, and the internships vary from oyster farming to accounting, art galleries to the New Canaan Land Trust. Scroll through the photo gallery above for a look at where many of the NCHS seniors are working.