Village School of Naples launches internship and job shadowing program

The Village School of Naples, an independent school serving students in preschool through 12th grade, has launched an internship and shadowing program offering opportunities for its upper school students to engage in experiential learning beyond the traditional classroom setting and embark on a possible career path.

This program connects 11th and 12th grade students with experienced professionals locally in the business and medical fields. The mission is to empower the students by providing them with the chance to explore their career interests, acquire practical work experience, and cultivate the essential skills and knowledge for success in the workforce.

“We are thrilled to be among the few schools in Southwest Florida to offer an internship program, giving our students a leg up on the competition,” said Dennis Chapman, Head of School for The Village School. “This program will enable students to explore different career options, develop skills and build relationships with professionals in their field.”

Internships run one to three weeks, and job shadows are one to two days. Students are selected for the internships by sponsoring employers based on applications and, in some cases, interviews. All students can participate in non-medical shadowing opportunities.

The ultimate goal of the internship and shadowing program is to provide meaningful work experience for students. Some internship sponsors will have students rotate between various departments as to learn different aspects of their company. With the exception of non-profit organizations in the community, all summer internships are paid positions.

Local companies interested in participating in the program may contact Mike Wexler, Director of Internships and Strategic Partnerships, via email at: