Hosting an Intern
The decision to host a High Tech High intern is a great way to both educate the future workforce and get some help from intelligent and dedicated individuals. Overall, your job as a mentor is to provide an educational and professional environment. Many students will say that what really made their internship was having a good mentor.
The program resolves around choosing a single project for the student to complete over the month long internship. The project should be something that benefits the organization and teaches the student valuable workplace skills. Choosing the right project is vital for the best internship expirence. There are a wide range of things your intern could be doing for their project. Andrea Colchin, who interned at North Park for the Arts, helped plan events. "I had to help set up market and organize community art events that North Park for the Arts is in charge of. I made posters and organized spreadsheets." Another intern, Sendy Santamaria, helped design t-shirt prints. "I made designs for women, because they had a variety of designs for men but none for women. My goal was to make a feminine design. I screen printed shirts with the design that I had drawn and edited on Adobe Illustrator." Ask your intern what they feel most confident doing, think about what your company needs done and work from there.