A Week Devoted to Unique Interests and Potential Careers
HCS is committed to helping students discover both who they are and what they love! While we maintain our commitment to a traditional education, we realize that God’s gifts to our children take forms that do not always reveal themselves in traditional classrooms. Thus, we want to provide our students with an opportunity to explore both their unique interests and also potential careers in a more interactive, hands-on environment.
To accomplish this, we set aside one week in March to explore possibilities, cultivate unique talents, and sharpen skills through job shadowing experiences and concentrated electives.
Freshmen & Sophomores
Explore New Opportunities with Elective Classes
For our underclassmen, HCS teachers seek to inspire excellence in new ways, providing classes that hopefully uncover new interests and skills and add a powerful new dimension to our students’ school experience. These students have the opportunity to participate in unique elective courses that are outside the scope of the normal high school curriculum. In addition, these students will spend one day participating in a community service project and a career fair.
The school day during Interterm week is typically divided into two halves: one elective in the morning (8:00 - 11:10 AM) and one elective in the afternoon (11:55 AM - 3:05 PM) with lunch in between.
Experience Real World Careers Through a Job Shadowing Experience
Juniors head off-campus to investigate potential career fields up close through an internship or job-shadowing experience. Our desire is that the students get a small taste of what the “real work world” is like, providing first-hand exposure which will hopefully aid them in determining a direction for their lives.
While Heritage does provide some support in the process, the responsibility primarily lies with the students to find an internship experience that interests them and to make arrangements with a “mentor” who they can shadow on the job. Depending on the nature of the internship, some students mostly observe, while others are able to take a more active role. We have even had several students receive summer job offers as a result of internship week!
- Observed open heart surgeries and babies being delivered
- Assisted a robotics engineer at NASA in Houston
- Shadowed recording artist Jon McLaughlin
- Created an app for a client of a marketing and design company
- Wrote articles for online publications
- Assisted on the set of a local news cast
- Shadowed an air traffic controller and assisted with maintenance on commercial aircraft
- Traveled to India as part of a medical missions team
- Served as a guide for deep sea fishing trips
- Shadowed IMPD officers and observed a crime lab
- Worked alongside teachers in preschool and elementary classrooms
- Assisted various pastors in local ministry
For students seeking to graduate under the new “Graduation Pathways”, the internship will meet the employability skills requirement. Students in this situation will need to produce a work product, such as a presentation or paper, about their experience.
Take a Trip to New York
Seniors participate in an exciting week-long trip that takes them to upstate New York and New York City. This week is filled with opportunities to enhance friendships with classmates, celebrate their upcoming graduation, experience new things, and participate in a service project in the New York City area.
Participation in the freshman, sophomore, and junior expectations for the HCS Interterm experience is a graduation requirement for all students.