Ms Grunt's Internship page
Penn Wood High School
Index to this page (scroll down):
Eco Camp - deadline April 15
Philadelphia Zoo - deadline March 31
Fabric Workshop - deadline: April 15 and June 15
Work to Ride (horses)
Teen Wilderness Adventure
Fleisher- art classes
Mural Arts Program
ECO Camp (FREE!) DEADLINE: early April (note: text is from their website)
Where can a high school student experience a variety of outdoor careers? Where can you learn first-hand about the job of a forester, geologist or park manager? Where can you have a great time meeting new friends while enjoying outdoor recreation activities in Pennsylvania state parks and forests?
What is ECO Camp?
ECO Camp, Exploring Careers Outdoors, is a week-long residential camp for high school students focusing on outdoor careers in recreation, conservation and natural resources. Professional staff from DCNR including state parks, geology and forestry, act as counselors and educators, exposing students to a variety of careers and outdoor recreation activities while interacting with students on a daily basis.
Check out their brochure here.
Teen Internship at the Philadelphia Zoo (note: the below text is taken from their website) Deadline: Mid March (check)
If you've ever wondered what it's like to work in the Philadelphia Zoo and think you might want to a career with animals or conservation, then ZooCREW is the perfect program for you!
Work to Ride (note: the below text is taken from their website)
What is Work to Ride?
[a program for youth] centered on horsemanship, equine sports and education. The program is housed at Chamounix Stables, located in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. This setting provides a unique opportunity to bring urban youth in contact with animals and nature. Work to Ride is designed as a long-term program for 7 to 19 year-old youth who must commit to a minimum of one year of participation. It is, however, expected that participants will choose to remain with the program through high school graduation. Work to Ride graduates receive help with college enrollment, and most also choose to return to Chamounix to mentor new participants.
How does it work?
Participants develop discipline, responsibility, and life skills through training, riding, and performing horse care and barn management chores. They also develop confidence, self-esteem, and the skills necessary to complete successfully in their chosen activities. The youth are allowed to choose among various horse sports. While most are trained and talented in several sports, polo has proven to be the perennial favorite of Work to Ride youth. In addition to acquisition of life-skills, Work to Ride also emphasizes the necessity of academic achievement. Staff and volunteers provide after school tutoring to help students maintain the passing grades required for program participation. Click here for more information.
Teen Wilderness Adventures (note: the below text is taken from their website & there are scholarships available- see Ms. Grunt)
AMC Teen Wilderness Adventures is a unique summer outdoor program in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Maine. Teen Wilderness Adventures let you discover more of the great outdoors in the company of exceptional leaders and newfound friends. We have programs designed for young people with previous experience as well as those new to outdoor experiences....We offer exciting, rewarding outdoor adventure education for youth ages 12-18 ranging in length from 5-20 days. Teen Wilderness Adventures combine one or more outdoor activities--like hiking, rock climbing, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and mountain biking--with spectacular destinations. Group size on our programs ranges from 6 to 10, and each of our trips has at least two instructors at all times.
Teen Wilderness Adventures participants learn valuable wilderness skills and develop essential life skills. This unique combination fosters an appreciation for the environment, develops self-esteem, instills a spirit of adventure, and promotes teamwork, friendship, and a sense of community through memorable wilderness experiences. Click here for more information
(Free) Fleisher- art classes in Philadelphia (note: the below text is taken from their website)
Fleisher offers tuition-free classes for young people ages 5 to 18, designed to develop artistic skills, foster engagement with the arts, encourage self-expression, and build confidence as a creative person.
Over 100 classes in a range of media are offered throughout the year, allowing children and youth to experience hands-on art-making in a supportive and enriching environment.
Fleisher offers a special after school experience for young people ages 13 - 19 in our Teen Lounge, a free, drop-in after school program focused on the visual arts. Here, teens work collaboratively with teaching artists and their peers on projects that will develop their artistic skills, allow them to experiment with new media and artistic techniques, and build confidence in their own creative expression. Teen participants describe the Teen Lounge as a "stress-free," "friendly" environment, where they can "meet people from lots of different backgrounds and make friends." Click here for more information.
Mural Arts Program (note: the below text is taken from their website)
Be an artist. Be an entrepreneur. Be an innovator. Be a Philadelphia Original.
The Art Education Department at Mural Arts offers year-round art instruction at no cost to Philadelphia youth ages 10 to 22. Our program invites you to take risks in your art, give voice to your experiences, and illustrate the world as you see it. At one of 16 sites across the city, our team of teaching artists will connect you to Mural Arts’ major public art projects through class projects that range from independent small-scale pieces to large-scale collaborations. Click here for more information.
Paid High School Apprentice Training Program at the Fabric Workshop in Philadelphia (note: the below text is taken from their website)
As one of the original programs of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, the High School Apprentice Training Program offers students the opportunity to learn all aspects of hand screen-printing on fabric. In FWM's professional studios, students design and print their own fabric yardage and assist staff in the production of artist residency projects. Hand screen-printing is an art form as well as an industrial skill, and the program is designed to provide students with new tools for artistic expression and self-empowerment.
Students from the Philadelphia area are encouraged to apply to the High School Apprentice Training Program. In two or three afternoons over 12 weeks, high school apprentices design and print a one-color repeat yardage, and assist in all areas of the studio. For high school students, the apprenticeship is job-training as well as an educational experience, and students earn minimum wage for their time. Students also receive portfolio and career guidance from artists and studio staff.
Summer session deadline is early April
Fall session deadline is early August
Spring session deadline is early January
Note: I encourage students enough to pursue internships whenever possible. Internships can provide valuable insight into possible careers which helps you figure out what you may want to do, as well as meet people who may be able to help you in the future. The following is a partial list of ideas that have come to my attention and seem that they would provide enriching experieces for students. We are fortunate to be in the Philly area- Work to Ride, Mural Arts, and the Fabric Workshop are, to my knowledge, unique institutions, though all have received national attention. Some of these opportunities are not art-related but seem so interesting I felt worth posting. Please contact me with other ideas.
Explore, keep an open mind and try something new!