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Internships & Work Experience


picThe work experience program qualifies for high school elective credit. In this program, students gain practical experience in a variety of jobs in industry, business, or the professions. They receive grades and school credit for work and related instructional assignments. Up to forty (40) credits may be applied toward the total graduation credit requirement through successful completion of a work experience program(s); students may consult with their counselor regarding related restrictions that may apply to this 40-credit maximum.

Credit is allocated as follows:
  • 10 hours per week (weekly flexible hours) = 5 credits per semester
  • 20 hours per week (weekly flexible hours) = 10 credits per semester

Transportation is the responsibility of the student.

Students may be employed at a job selected and approved by the work experience coordinator, or they may obtain their own jobs, subject to the approval of the coordinator. Under the provisions of the program, the student receives related classroom instruction/counseling and a minimum of two on-site contacts by the coordinator each semester.
All students who have a job, regardless of whether or not they are enrolled in the class, need to have an active work permit on file with PVPHS in order to work. The following are the steps to obtain a work permit:
  • Fill out the Intent to Employ form (below). Make sure all parts are filled out by the appropriate people (including work supervisor). Do not fill out the box at the bottom, titled “For authorized work permit issues only.”
  • Once completed, email the form to Mrs. Sunada, once she receives it she will issue the work permit. **Note: work permits are required for all jobs.
  • Entertainment work permits cannot be processed at PVPHS, and need to be taken to the district office.

Contact Ms. Sunada in the Attendance Office for any questions [email protected]
Students in the 11th and 12th grades who are interested in future career exploration may participate in summer or semester programs. Internships are scheduled at various businesses, professional offices, and industrial educational facilities. Weekly instructional classes help to supplement field participation. Individual interviews are required for appropriate placement. Students develop journals and portfolios pertinent to their involvement in career exploration.

Credit is allocated as follows:
  • 5 hours per week = 5 credits per semester
  • 10 hours per week = 10 credits per semester