INTERNSHIPS / PATHWAYS
We work with students to help them explore their interests. A key part of their school experience is to go on shadow days at local organizations and businesses. A shadow day is a one day visit to learn about the profession. If the shadow day is a match for the student and mentor (host), an internship is secured.
Since 2003 our students have gone on thousands of shadow days and have had thousands of internships. During these experiences, they are fully covered by the Sacramento City Unified School District’s insurance policy.
Each student requests shadow day sites based on individual interests. By learning first-hand from an adult who has the same interest and is engaged in a related career, the student has the opportunity to experience learning in a meaningful way. Students will arrive at the shadow site prepared with questions or ideas of what they’d like to learn that day.
All career pathways are offered at the Met. While many times students stay on the same pathway throughout their high school career, many decide to explore other pathways. Typically, a student will have 1 internship per year, sometimes 2. As for *shadow days, students on average explore 8 sites per year. That is a total of up to 40 careers a Met student would have possibly explored through hands-on experience by the end of his/her academic career.
Pathways explored include the following:
- Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Athletics and Martial Arts
- Automotive and Transportation
- Community Development
- Business, Management and Administration
Our mentors include, but are not limited to the following professions:
- Laboratory Scientists
- Rocket Scientists
- Graphic Designers
- Assembly members
- Small business owners
- Retail Managers
- Directors of not for profit organizations
- Real Estate Agents
- Dog Trainers
- Government and Politics
- Health Science
- Hospitality/Tourism/Event Planning
- Law and Public Safety
- Marketing, Sales and Service
- Media and Information Technology
- Science and Technology
- Social Services