As an AP Government teacher, Stroud was faced with the concern that seniors at his school were unengaged in school following the conclusion of AP and SOL testing. His solution: The Herndon Internship Program (HIP). The goal of the program was to engage and activate students providing authentic and relevant learning experiences outside of the classroom.
Some of the benefits include helping students explore and area of interest in college, promoting an opportunity to give back to the community, and presenting their experience in the form of a Senior Capstone Project. Some internship experiences seniors participated in were with the SDA -Aerospace Engineering, NCLR – Hispanic Civil Rights Advocacy Group, Loudon Heritage Farm Museum, a pediatric surgeon shadow opportunity, and internships with a State Delegate and member of Congress.
The HIP provided seniors with the opportunity to move beyond high the high stakes testing environment and develop the skills in our students that employees are seeking for their workforce.
Stroud (center) pictured with two students who participated in the Herndon Internship Program.