Frequently Asked Questions about the Program:
What is the Field Experience Program?
NYC iSchool is a small selective, progressive New York City public high school located in the SoHo section of Manhattan. The NYC iSchool bridges the gap between academics, career development and the real world through the Field Experience Program. This program allows students to serve their communities, explore career areas, and gain firsthand experience in their areas of interest while serving as interns at various New York City businesses and organizations.
How does the Field Experience Program work?
All NYC iSchool students are placed at various internship sites after the completion of a Field Experience Seminar/Orientation, designed to prepare them to be successful interns. The iSchool also provides on-going internship support for both the intern and host site. Freshmen and sophomores participate in year-long weekly exploratory internships, while juniors are available for more intensive commitments.
What will this cost my organization? What will I be required to do?
There is NO COST to your business/organization. Students will receive course credit at the completion of their internship. The role of the host site supervisor is to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, to sign off on the intern's weekly hour log, to inform the school of any issues or problems, and to provide a final evaluation of the intern at the completion of the internship.
What does my business/organization gain?
There are many benefits to hosting a student intern:
When does the program begin? How often will the students be with us?
The Field Experience Program will begin in mid- to late-September and conclude in early June. Students should be expected every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. except on days where indicated by the school or by you. Juniors and seniors may be available to work on a more flexible schedule, and for more hours, if needed by your organization.
How are students evaluated? Will my organization be evaluated?
The NYC iSchool is constantly evaluating the Field Experience Program. Site supervisors will be asked to evaluate students on various competencies throughout the course of the year. Students will also evaluate their sites to ensure the overall effectiveness of the partnership.
Can I interview my intern(s) prior to committing to the program?
Yes, while interviewing interns is not required, if you are looking for a student with a specific set of skills we do allow organizations to interview our interns.
What if my intern doesn't work out?
The iSchool provides preparation for all interns prior to their start in the field, however there may be occasions when a student is not the right fit for a particular organization. We will discuss your concerns, possibly attempt to intervene or correct the situation, or when necessary, switch a student's internship site.