Foundations Program –

Parent Support

Key Information for Parents

Behind every intern is a passionate and supportive parent. As summer 2020 approaches we know that together you and your student will be working together to identify the best way to utilize their summer break, staying engaged, building skills, and looking toward post-secondary success.

In creating the Virtual Internships Foundations program we sought to build an opportunity for your child to be fully immersed in a professional experience focused on career exploration, teamwork, and project management all while accessing this opportunity from your home. We believe that this opportunity allows students to engage in industry exposure and career exploration giving them the strong foundation to pivot to in person internships in the future.

We have created this page to help support you in understanding our program and outcomes to best support deciding if this is the right fit and opportunity for your student and can assure you that from the application process to their acceptance and support during the program, we will be with your son or daughter every step of the way.

Virtual Internships Track Record

  • Our parent company, CRCC Asia, has supported students accessing international in-person internships since 2008 sending over 10,000 alumni on our programming. 
  • Virtual Internships has been supporting students to access virtual professional development opportunities since 2018 with over 300 alumni completing a virtual internship. Past alumni have noted:
    • “My virtual interning has allowed me to take advantage of opportunities in places I could never visit and meet people that will help me achieve my goals in life.” Denison University Student
    • I think the internship was great as it gave me a sense of what is expected in a real job. (I learned) it’s up to me to manage myself and make a contribution in that environment” University of Adelaide Student
  • Virtual Internships has been vetted and approved by over 40 university partners
  • The Virtual Internships Foundation Program was curated and adapted to meet the needs of high school students beginning their career exploration. The curriculum and program structure were designed to best support professional skills attainment and career management understanding for high school students.
  • Virtual Internships Foundations professional staff have an average of 8.75 years of engaging youth aged 14-24 years old in accessing professional development opportunities.

Virtual Internships Track Record

  • Our parent company, CRCC Asia, has supported students accessing international in-person internships since 2008 sending over 10,000 alumni on our programming. 
  • Virtual Internships has been supporting students to access virtual professional development opportunities since 2018 with over 300 alumni completing a virtual internship. Past alumni have noted:
    • “My virtual interning has allowed me to take advantage of opportunities in places I could never visit and meet people that will help me achieve my goals in life.” Denison University Student
    • I think the internship was great as it gave me a sense of what is expected in a real job. (I learned) it’s up to me to manage myself and make a contribution in that environment” University of Adelaide Student
  • Virtual Internships has been vetted and approved by over 40 university partners
  • The Virtual Internships Foundation Program was curated and adapted to meet the needs of high school students beginning their career exploration. The curriculum and program structure were designed to best support professional skills attainment and career management understanding for high school students.
  • Virtual Internships Foundations professional staff have an average of 8.75 years of engaging youth aged 14-24 years old in accessing professional development opportunities.

Why high school students should pursue internships

It is completely understandable that both as a student and as a parent, you may be surprised by the opportunity for internships for high school students or scratching your head about why a high school student may need one. Furthermore you may be associating internships directly with university or recent college graduates seeking summer or full-time internships as the final stepping stone to full-time employment. 

Even if you can see the benefits of the opportunities, you may be considering an internship against the many other extracurricular activities a high school student may join, putting it down the list to sports, clubs, and summer camps. While we certainly encourage your students to explore and join extracurricular activities at their school and during summer, internships offer opportunities to give your student a head start on career exploration. 

Glimpse into the Professional World

Completing a professional experience such as an internship in high school can give your student their first glimpse at the professional world, one that many students don’t even receive until college. They can also help high school students explore career paths even before they’re in college and build the awareness, skills, and network that will allow them to make the right choice of university and major in the future as well as career thereafter. 

Learn How Their Interests Fit Into Career Management

Internships can be great to allow students to look at their interests and understand how it fits into future career development, for instance, if your child has excelled in their high school computer courses, then interning with a computer engineering company or supporting a digital marketing company can allow them to see the many various paths that the one interest can take them.

Learn What They Don’t Want to Do

Conversely but just as beneficially they may discover that their interest in the classroom does not exactly translate to the professional world, and that their next internship will explore a new career field and industry. In both scenarios your student has walked away with insight knowledge to their career management that many only begin to develop in university and have learned a valuable lesson that will help inform their academic and career decisions once they enter college.

Build a Network

Finally, while I am sure you have heard it before, networking is the key for future career opportunities and pursuing an internship in high school is an excellent way for your student to start building their professional network. During their internship they can identify key contacts as well as potentially a professional mentor. Looking in the near future their mentor can help provide a letter of recommendation for your student’s university applications, or simply provide insight into where they went to school and how they decided. In the long-term this mentor and network can help your student find their first college internship and potentially employment beyond graduation. 

While the benefits of an internship for high school students are numerous, it can be hard to find the right fit for your student depending on interests, skills, experience, risk, time, and more. Our Virtual Internships Foundations program was created knowing the opportunities while trying to mitigate the barriers providing a structured and supportive program where students can build experience and a professional network while starting their journey of career exploration.

Virtual Internships Foundations Program Overview
Virtual Internship Placement

Our Foundations program guarantees that your student will be placed working with a company directly related to their chosen career group. To ensure that students are able to deliver more than basic administrative projects all work is delivered as a group project, and the full project plan is structured to meet the needs of both the host company and students.

Complementing Curriculum

To ensure that all students are given the tools and foundation to complete the assigned weekly projects, Virtual Internships has created an online curriculum that is supported by one live class each week where students can unpack what they learned and ask questions in real-time for enhanced comprehension.

Project-Based Work
Virtual Internships has worked to create a structured project plan that allows students to walk away with a set list of deliverables that they can add to their academic portfolio as well as use in future internships as well as university course work.
Teamwork at the Forefront

The National Association of College and Employers noted that teamwork and collaboration were some of the most sought out skills when hiring a new employee, and are also skills that are highly valued both in high school and university settings. To ensure that all students have a support system beyond the assigned Virtual Internships supports, we created our programming having all students work in teams of 3-4 to complete their weekly assignments.

Assigned Teams

Our assigned teams are carefully planned and grouped together based on interests, strengths, time zones, and experience to ensure that students are able to support one another as well as learn from each other. Our internship facilitator checks in weekly with each group to ensure they are utilizing each others strengths to the best of their ability, while providing support and feedback on their projects.

Building a Sense of Community
A big risk of remote online programming is the feeling of isolation, which is why our Virtual Internships Foundations Program has over 3 hours of live content delivered to the cohorts weekly allowing students to meet interns beyond their assigned group and learn from each other.
360° Support

Throughout the Virtual Internships Foundations program your student as well as you are supported by the full Virtual Internships staff. In direct support of you and your student is the Program Experience Manager (PEM) who is ready to answer any inquiry big or small to support your student before, during, and after the program. Beyond the PEM all career groups are assigned an Internship Facilitator who will deliver the live classes and support all curriculum and company questions. They will be the academic support throughout the program.

Employability Focused Guides (Access to CareerBridge)

Our entire Foundations Program is supported by our custom developed internship curriculum which assists a student in navigating the daily assignments and how they fit into the larger industry picture as well as focusing on the 8 NACE Career Readiness skills they will be developing throughout. The curriculum supports preparing for the internship with resume/CV and interview advice all the way through the internship and beyond touching upon professional communication, project management, teamwork and much more.