What is the Senior Seminar?
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
Is the Senior Seminar required for graduation?
The senior seminar was designed as an opportunity (as opposed to a requirement) for students in each academy to engage with the academy pillars of learning on a project of their own design. This course gives students the freedom to interact with the world outside of Austin High as well as explore what they might be interested in after graduation. While this course is not required for graduation, it is required to earn a distinction from your academy.
NOTE: All students in Austin ISD follow the same rules for graduation requirements as listed in the Austin ISD Secondary School Information Guide. One of the course options can be used to fulfill an elective, core, or pathway requirement depending on the senior seminar course option you select based upon your academy. Talk with your counselor to determine if one of the course options can be helpful to meet a graduation requirement.
Can you explain the differences between the two different internship options?
There are two different options to gain time/credit to complete an internship.
Is Senior Seminar a one-semester course or a full-year course?
That depends on the option you choose. In the senior seminar course catalog, each course has a "credit" listing. If the course has 1.0 next to "credit", this course is a full year. Otherwise, the course is considered a single semester course.
How do I book an internship?
Students wanting to participate in an internship their senior year are ultimately responsible for finding, applying for, and securing an internship. In early May, a list of internships opportunities at AHS will be published on this webpage and emailed using Naviance.
Use the internet to help you search for more formal internship options. However, don't let a lack of a formal posting/application deter your search. Students have reported success calling various persons or places in the area to ask if they would consider allowing students to intern. In general, students who took this route advise being prepared to describe your interests and what you have to offer.
What should I be looking for in an internship?
There is one primary identifying element that distinguishes an internship from all other types of employment: An internship, by definition, must include specific learning objectives. In other words, you are actively pursuing this option for senior seminar to gain knowledge, skill, and/or further understanding of a particular industry. Thus, you need to find someone or some organization that will allow you to actively participate in an authentic project or task and learn. You also must be able to work at least 52 hours over the course of a single semester.
Can I participate in an internship but not take the class?
Sure, the internship is a great experience! However, the academy distinction is tied to enrollment in/completion of at least one of the senior seminar courses. So you must complete the course to be eligible for an academy distinction.
SENIOR SEMINAR STUDENT PANEL
Watch the video below to hear from students about each person's experience with each of the senior seminar options.
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Last updated on 7/25/2022