Each year, Siena high school students undertake a two-week volunteer internship in the Washington DC area. With guidance from Siena teachers, students choose a new internship annually to explore career interests through direct experience. Students have chosen a broad range of internships, including art studios, theaters, veterinary clinics, architectural and law firms, schools, technology and web design vendors, soup kitchens, and other venues that appropriately support a student's interests and development. Each student completes a project related to his/her internship.
Addressing the National Career Development Guidelines, these two-week internships provide students with work-based learning experience, requiring them to apply their personal skills and interests to a professional environment. There are three stages to the internship program: preparation, participation and reflection. In addition to identifying internship opportunities based on personal skills and interests, students learn about professional expectations. These include the practical implications of time management, the importance of attire etc.
2018 Internship Sites
|A Wider Circle
||Occupational Therapist, MCPS
||Ott House Audio
|Arthritis and Rheumatism Associates
||Pet Lover's Animal Hospital
|Bethesda Soccer Club
||Pineapple and Pearls
|Brookside Nature Center
||Potomac Animal Hospital
|Dynamite Gymnastics Center
|| Shala Wilson Graham Photography
|Edmund Burke School
|Garrett Park Elementary School
||St. Andrew Apostle School
|Georgetown University Center for the Study of Learning
||Stamper Health and Wellness
|Holy Cross Hospital
||States Attorney's Office
||The Auburn School
||The Barrie School
|Lisa Taylor Speech Therapy and Academic Tutoring
||The Children in the Shoe
||The Highwood Theater
|Mclean School of Maryland
|| The Neurology Center
|NOVA Arts Center/Chinese Music Society of Greater Washington
Siena high school students participate in school-based community service programs and also earn service-learning credit through independent work and internships. Siena students must earn 60 hours of service-learning to fulfill graduation requirements.
Siena students annually volunteer at the National Capital Area Food Bank, and have visited local nursing homes and senior centers, among other community service opportunities.
In recent years, Siena students have selected the Help The Homeless organization as its charity, completing a walkathon and raising money for the homeless through continuing activities including an Art Show featuring works by Siena Students displayed at Art Whino, an art gallery in Alexandria, VA, as well as Pyramid Atlantic and ArtSpring in downtown Silver Spring.