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Senior Externship

What is the Senior Externship?

The Senior Externship enables qualified seniors to spend fourth term working on a career exploration project of their choice, with the support and collaboration of CHS staff. The externships are six weeks long and allow seniors the opportunity to learn in an environment not previously available to them.

Participating students complete their externship in a school or under the supervision of an organization and must spend approximately 30 hours per week on their project, with exceptions on a case-by-case basis.


Who may participate?

Students who meet high standards of reliability and responsibility during senior year are accepted into the Externship program. Participation requires punctuality, good attendance, responsible citizenship, and satisfactory academic achievement.

A committee of teachers, counselors, and administrators approves applicants and their projects.



  • Application and interview

  • All credits for graduation completed

  • Community Service hours completed before beginning of third term

  • MCAS tests passed

  • Excellent attendance

  • Clean discipline record

  • Minimum of C in all classes senior year

  • Reliable transportation

  • Proof of health insurance

  • Internship request in career field in alignment with meaningful future plan

School staff participate in review of applicant behavior and academic record. 


Externship application dates & deadlines

Early October

Review of program & application process in Guidance Seminar

End of October

Informational meeting for students afterschool

End of November

Preliminary application due


List of students sent to faculty


Mandatory meeting of all applicants to discuss placements;
packets given to students for sponsoring organization to complete

Late February

Completed application due and internship placements finalized

Beg. of March

Mandatory meeting of all participants and parents/guardians

Fourth Term


End of May
Beg. of June

Journals and program evaluations due
Thank you notes sent to sponsor or mentor; final presentation date TBA

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