HVRHS Career Experience Program


The mission of the Career Experience Program at HVRHS is to create authentic career awareness and educational opportunities for students that complement their academic coursework and connect them with supportive people and organizations in the local community.

The Career Experience Program

  • Assists students in exploring possible career possibilities and the education and training required to achieve them
  • Promotes intrinsic motivation to appreciate the role of lifelong learning in career success
  • Connects career exploration with the academic disciplines through meaningful in-school programs, job shadows, and internships
  • Deepens stakeholder relationships within the school and local community to support student success
  • Prepares students to fully participate in their communities as resilient workers and involved citizens

For the Career Experience Brochure click here

Sticky Note Winter Edition
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Sticky Note Fall Edition
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Opportunities for Students

Current Job Shadows, Internships & Employment Opportunities

American Murial Project Internship Summer 2019
More info click this link: amp dsw 2019

Lime Rock Park Student Internship
More info click this link: Internship Opportunity_ Marketing Internship
Job Shadows at Lime Rock Park

Sharon Hospital Student Job Opportunity
Positions available: Dietary Aide (multiple).
Hours: Some positions with as little as 8 hours a week; evening shifts (3:30pm-7: 30 pm) with day weekend shifts available.
Seniors who plan to attend a local college in the Summer/Fall would also be able to take advantage of our tuition assistance program, which gives employees who work part-time (not per diem) $2,250 per the calendar year towards tuition and books. Students 16 and older encouraged to apply. Any students interested in the positions must have working papers and should be instructed to visit our website (included on the flyer) and fill out an application.
See attached flyer for more information and how to apply: Sharon Hospital

Housatonic Youth Service Bureau
HYSB has an opportunity for you to not only explore career options but to receive a stipend while you do it. Please consider applying for a Summer Internship through their program. More information click this link: Housatonic Youth Service Bureau

Habitat for Humanity Internship Information Link:
Internship Opportunity Habitat for Humanity NW CT

Here’s a short and intense summer opportunity for students entering grades 9-12 from July 17-19 down the road at Western CT State University in Danbury. There’s an early registration discount. If you’re interested in learning photography, steel pans, or musical theater, click on the link below. Learn a new skill, move to a higher level, connect with professionals in the field.

Job Shadows

A job shadow is an educational program in which students learn about a particular occupation or profession.
This enables them to see if it might be suitable for them.
Job Shadow for Allison with WFSB Meteorologist Mark Dixon
Job shadowing allows a student to:

  • Explore an occupation or career that is potentially interesting by observing a professional in that role.
  • Connect with community members who are also employers and build a professional network.
  • Ask questions of a professional in an informal setting.
  • Practice soft skills.

HVRHS Career Experience Program partners with for-profit and nonprofit organizations to provide this educational opportunity for a student. Students observe an experienced professional in action by shadowing them for a half or full day. The student can also ask questions about a given career path and the education and training required for it.

Requirements for a Job Shadow

To participate in a job shadow, a student should

  • Possess junior or senior standing
  • Contact Dr. O’Neill to discuss interests and timing
  • Fill out the job shadow application
  • Gain permission for parent/carer
  • Obtain permission to be excused from classes on the day of shadow
  • Arrange transportation to and from shadow site
  • Fulfill reflective writing requirements after the shadow experience


Intern Nicholas with Sharon Land Trust’s Tim Hunter blazing and maintaining some of Sharon’s many hiking trails

Internships are work-based educational opportunities that can be unpaid or paid through a wage or stipend. There is a strong educational component of the internship. Internships generally include a maximum of 120 hours of work that are completed outside the school day.

Internship opportunities can be with non-profit organizations or for-profit businesses. HVRHS participates in the State of CT Unpaid Experiential Learning Program (UELP), which allows unpaid internships at local businesses. These internships must meet educational and curricular objectives in lieu of compensation.

Requirements for Internship

To participate in an internship, a student should:

  • Possess junior or senior standing
  • Contact Dr. O’Neill to discuss interests and timing
  • Fill out the internship application
  • Gain permission for parent/carer
  • Arrange transportation to and from the internship placement site
  • Fulfill reflective writing and curricular requirements during and after the internship experience.

Career Experience Master Classes

Master Classes are created in partnership with teachers and hosted during that instructor’s class block. In a Master Class, the classroom teacher outlines curricular priorities for the visiting professional to discuss. This allows career awareness to be directly linked to curricular objectives. Students gain insight into the paths available to them in an academic discipline. They also begin to see the relationship between courses of study and career success.

Career Cafes

Career Cafes occur during Flex block throughout the school year. Local professionals talk with interested students in a casual setting about their career paths. Career Cafes are designed to give students access to these professionals in an informal setting, build stronger ties with the local community, and build awareness of the breadth of opportunities available in a given career.

Career Education and Awareness Workshops

During Flex and Activity blocks, the Career Experience Program offers career education and awareness workshops on a variety of topics. Some of these include:

  • Interview skills
  • Mock interviews
  • Soft skills
  • Personal mission statement
  • Business communications
  • Career exploration and research
  • Workplace conduct and attire
  • Developing a narrative arc in your resume
  • Ethical behavior in the workplace
  • Social media and your career
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Employee rights and obligations
  • How to fill out a job application
Dr. Mary B. O’Neill, Career Experience Coordinator

For more information about the Career Experience Program, contact Dr. O’Neill at moneill@hvrhs.org or call (860)824-5123 x102.

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