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Students and teachers set up booths to promote elective classes that can be chosen during course selection.
Students are encouraged to read all the information on this page and then speak with their counselors or contact Fenton's internship team listed below. 
Lauren Lemm
Internship Coordinator & CTE Teacher
(630) 787-4013
Michelle Papanicolaou
Director of Postsecondary Pathways & CTE
(630) 860-4813
Work-based learning provides students with the opportunity to engage and interact with industry experts (employers, postsecondary institutions), while learning to demonstrate essential employability and technical skills necessary for today’s workforce. (ISBE)

Essential Employability Skills Learned during an Internship

  • Teamwork & Conflict Resolution
  • Communication
  • Problem-Solving
  • Decision Making
  • Critical Thinking
  • Adaptability & Flexibility
  • Initiative & Self-Drive
  • Reliability & Accountability
  • Cultural Competence
  • Planning & Organizing
Internship Career Pathway Areas
Disclaimer: Fenton partners with dozens of companies and organizations.  There may be times when students may not receive a placement with their “exact” career goal,  but they will be offered placements in a related area within their related career area from above. 

What Happens in an Internship Course?

An Internship course provides students with an opportunity for hands-on career exploration in the career area of their choice. Students will spend 60 hours or more during the semester at a local business or organization in a career setting they want to learn more about. Students will observe daily operations, converse with staff, and contribute to the activities of a local business or organization. During weekly in-class instruction, students will learn essential cross-sector employability skills, develop a resume, and earn a career certification. Internship mentors will provide regular feedback about students' professionalism and employability skills.

Benefits of a High School Internship

  • Gain Real-World
  • Experience
  • Build Valuable Skills
  • Explore Career Paths
  • Network with Professionals
  • Earn Professional Certifications

Top 5 Frequently Asked Questions

What grade level can enroll in an internship?
All Internship Courses are available to juniors and seniors.
How can an Internship class fit in my daily schedule?
An Internship Class can run anywhere from 2-3 periods a day and be combined with lunch or bison time. Students in this class are eligible for a PE Exemption.
How long is an Internship?
Internship is a Semester-long course, but students can sign up for up to two semesters. There are AM and PM Placements available.
What if I don’t have my own transportation?
Fenton High School will provide transportation to and from an internship for students who need it.
Do I get paid for an Internship?
Some internships are paid and others are not. It depends on the career area and the employer. All internships in Manufacturing/Engineering are paid pre-apprenticeships.