Senior Internship Program

About the Program

The senior internship program is a second semester senior option available to all seniors in good academic standing. The program empowers students to take ownership of their education by pursuing an internship in a special area of interest. The experience enables students to develop specific skills and knowledge beyond the traditional classroom.

Students are guided throughout the process by a coordinator and a high school faculty mentor of their choosing. Monthly meetings, workshops and presentations are scheduled during the school year to assist students in securing an internship and completing the program requirements.

Generally, students begin their internship in May. The program is designed to accommodate each individual student schedule, so the start date will vary from student-to-student depending on their final and AP exam schedule. After a student has taken all his/her exams, the internship period begins.

Once the internship starts, students are expected to maintain a daily journal and schedule weekly meetings with their mentor.  The mentor plays a critical role in the program, editing student journal entries, overseeing their progress, and assisting students with program requirements.  Their high school mentor will be in communication with the internship sponsor to check on student progress throughout the internship. Interns will be required to submit a formal journal, poster and give a PowerPoint presentation upon completion of their internship.  Students are eligible to earn one elective credit upon completion of all program requirements with a positive evaluation from both their sponsor and mentor.

Seniors interested in the program are encouraged to start their search for an internship as soon as possible. While students should take an active role in securing an internship, Mrs. Comblo, program coordinator, is available to assist students with the process.

The internship program has grown exponentially over the years.  Its success is due to the collaboration of dedicated faculty mentors, supportive sponsors and motivated seniors. The personal growth demonstrated by the seniors enrolled in the program underscores the educational value of an internship program.

For your convenience, all program information is available electronically at the high school homepage. Go to Student Life and then Senior Internship Program. Click on the attached links for the schedule of monthly meetings, workshop dates, forms, student requirements, mentor responsibilities, and evaluations.

Contact Mrs. Comblo at with any questions or concerns.

Philosophy & Goals

"Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined."
     - Henry David Thoreau

The goal of the Senior Internship Program is to create a meaningful educational experience that enable students to pursue an interest or passion. Students are empowered to take ownership of their education and develop an internship that is connected to their individual needs. The practical experience gained through this experience will enhance their high school education beyond the traditional classroom. 

Program Design

Senior Internship Coordinator

Sharon Comblo

Contact Information:  

Seniors enrolled in the program should follow the guidelines discussed in the student handbook. All students in the program should attend the presentation at the end of the year in Mrs. Comblo's room, H234. 


Internship Sponsors

The following is a sample of some of the individuals, groups, and organizations that have sponsored Briarcliff interns:


  • Paws Crossed Animals Rescue

  • NYS Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins

  • Beech Hill Farms

  • Regeneron

  • Lighthouse Opera Company

  • Briarcliff Manor Fire Dept

  • Westchester Medical Center

  • Northern Westchester Hospital

  • Westchester Environmental Lab

  • Katonah Museeum of Art

  • Coalition for the Homeless

  • Stone Barns Center

  • Maura Bohan Events

  • HBO

  • Teatown Lake Reservation

  • Open Door

  • Music Conservancy of Westchester

  • Ossining Children's Center

  • Phelps Hospital

  • Croton Animal Hospital

  • Azility Fitness

  • Lincoln Center

  • Mike Risko Music School

  • AFYA Organization

  • Kid Abilities

  • Medford Leas

  • SPCA Westchester

  • Guiding Eyes for the Blind

  • NYS Senator T. Murphy

  • Mt. Sinai Hospital

  • Veterinary Care

  • Efran Films

  • Buglisi Dance Studio

  • Hudson Stage Company

  • Westchester Institute of Human Development

Calendar of Events

2018-2019 Calendar of Events

*All meetings are scheduled in the Troy Lecture Hall @ 2:20 unless otherwise
noted.  Please plan your schedule accordingly.

  • October 3, 2018- General Meeting
  • November 14, 2018 General Meeting
  • December 12, 2018 General Meeting
  • January 16, 2019 General Meeting
  • February 13, 2019 General Meeting
  • March 13, 2019 Journal Workshop (mandatory attendance)
  • April 17, 2019 Presentation/Poster Workshop (mandatory attendance)
  • May 29, 2019 Model Presentation in HS Café @ 3pm (mandatory attendance, all posters due)
  • June 2019 Individual Presentations 

Student Requirements & Mentor Responsibilities

Senior Internship Journal Requirements

Senior Internship Journal Requirements:

Formal typed Journal presented in a binder with the following: 

  • Daily entries that have been edited by your mentor 
  • 5 articles related to your internship, placed in a designated section of the journal, with information from the articles incorporated into your journal entries
  • a reflection section whereby you discuss the overall impact of the internship experience
  • a completed sponsor evaluation form
  • a completed mentor evaluation form
  • a completed log of hours signed by your sponsor

Your journal is submitted to your mentor on the day of your individual presentation.


Upcoming Mandatory Meetings:

Presentation/Poster Workshop: April 17, 2019 @ 2:20, Troy Lecture Hall

Model Presentation: May 29, 201 @ 3 pm HS café

Presentation Workshop

Presentation Workshop (4/17/19)

You are required to complete the following:

  • A typed journal (edited by your mentor) 
    • With daily entries 
    • 5 articles linked to your internship 
    • Reflection section 
    • Mentor Evaluation 
    • Sponsor Evaluation 
    • Log of Hours signed by your sponsor 
    • Hard copy of your PowerPoint
  • PowerPoint Requirement 
    • Each intern is expected to create a PowerPoint overview of his/her internship experience (10-15 minute presentation) 
    • It’s an opportunity to share and discuss your experience 
    • Your presentation is to be scheduled with your high school mentor  
    • A Presentation Rubric will be used to evaluate your presentation and will be included in your journal.
  • Poster Requirement 
    • Your poster is due on May 29, 2019. All interns are expected to bring in their poster for the Model Presentation scheduled that day. Your poster will be on display in the high school LMC until the day of your individual presentation, at which point you will get your poster to use during your own presentation.




*Remember to send a thank you note to your sponsor and your high school mentor.

Mentor Responsibilities

Mentor Responsibilities

The role of the senior mentor is critical to the success of the program. Mentors provide oversight and guidance to interns during their internship. The following is an overview of mentor responsibilities:

  • Weekly communication/meetings with intern to review journal entries and discussion of internship experience
  • Communication with intern’s sponsor on regular basis ( 3 suggested)
  • Oversight of student’s internship experience and support in completion of program requirements
  • Complete & submit mentor final evaluation to Sharon Comblo (form provided)
  • Schedule, observe and evaluate the student’s presentation (rubric provided)

Important Information

Model Presentation - HS Café May 29, 2019 @ 3pm (mandatory attendance for interns)

Posters Due 5/29/19

Poster Guidelines