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Global Internship Program

Sandusky City Schools, Sandusky, Ohio
Sandusky City Schools
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Students are transitioning into an era in which global connections and awareness are keys to success post-graduation. That’s why Sandusky City School initiated its homegrown Global Internship Program (GIP) for high school students.

Initiated in the 2015-16 school year, the initiative teaches students about the impact globalization and innovation have on industry and economic stability.

Beginning in ninth grade, students take a web-based global perspectives course, which covers cultural perspectives in health care and business trends. Next, an elective entrepreneur course exposes students to concepts such as costs of doing business, business ownership and marketing.

Seniors are provided hands-on exposure to global innovation and its impact on society. They become interns, choosing from over 100 local and regional business partners.

As an intern, students gain work experience with national companies that have international ties, such as NASA (which hired a recent graduate), and Freudenberg-NOK Sealing Technologies, which is headquartered in Germany. Graduating students who don’t choose a college or career interest must complete their internship in a community service program.

The GIP and its prerequisites prepare students for the global elements that make up college, career and military choice, and also assists postgraduate college, career and military decision-making. Entrepreneur and senior hands-on courses will be available to districts that ask.

To start your own program:

  • Value global experiences.
  • Make the program part of the college and career readiness path.
  • Faculty and staff must integrate global perspectives into existing curriculum.
  • Have local business and industry partners highlight global aspects of their work.
  • Find a global internship coordinator to manage and implement internships.