How to Record Internships for Credit on Homeschool Transcripts

We’ve had questions on how to record internships for credit on homeschool transcripts.
 What is an internship and how to record it on the homeschool transcript?

How to Record Internships for Credit on Homeschool Transcripts

One of the most valuable experiences a homeschool high schooler can do is an internship or apprenticeship. At high school level, those terms are equivalent, although sometimes an apprenticeship may apply more to a trade.

Before your teens start interning or apprenticing, it is wise to have them complete a basic Career Exploration course. Our homeschool high schoolers used 7Sisters’ Career Exploration, a comprehensive but no-busywork, Christian worldview course (.25 credit on the transcript) that will cover the necessary basics of Career Exploration.

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After your homeschool high schooler completes the basics, here are some questions and answers about their internships.

Where do you find internships or  apprenticeships?

Sometimes these things happen serendipitously: someone at church just walks up and asks, “Hey, I hear you have a homeschool high schooler, think he’d like to try a month-long internship at…?”

Most of the time, it takes some digging. Look into:

  • People at church that are in the teen’s area of interest
  • Neighbors
  • Family
  • Google local businesses and have the teen drop by an experiential resume and proposal

Our local homeschool high schoolers have done internships/apprenticeships in lots of different places:

  • Video production studios
  • Ferriers
  • Doctor’s offices/clerical work
  • Accountant offices/clerical work
  • Inner-city missions
  • Carpenters
  • Masonry
  • Auto mechanics

Are internships paid or unpaid?

Most of the time, internships  or apprenticeships are unpaid and time-limited. Sometimes, due to insurance regulations, the student must be paid (auto mechanics). Some require some special HIPPA training (doctor’s office).

How do I keep records for internships or apprenticeships?

When recording an internship or apprenticeship for a transcript, you will want to record this as a Carnegie credit. Keep a file of these things:

  • Log of hours
  • Job duties
  • Networking opportunities, if available
  • Photos or samples of work done, if applicable
  • Feedback from supervisors, if possible
This will become a portfolio that may be helpful in job applications or if your teen needs to show it to an evaluator.

How do I record it on the homeschool transcript?

For many internships or apprenticeships, the best way to record it as a Career Exploration elective. Give the amount of credit earned. Try to go in 1/4 credit increments:
  • .25
  • .5
  • .75
  • 1.0
  • Usually only record 1 credit per year with each type of internship (Thus, if your teen earned 4 credits worth of hours doing one internship, you really should only record one credit.)
You could call the credit:
  • Career Exploration Internship: Auto Repair 1 credit A (or P, if you prefer)
Or simply:
  • Auto Repair Internship 1 credit A (or P)
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Homeschool high schoolers who complete a Career Exploration course and also complete an internship or more will feel better prepared to make career decisions and the networking they do while interning may open doors for them later on. Download Career Exploration Bundle and get your teens started on their vocational adventures.

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How to Record Internships for Credit on Homeschool Transcripts

Vicki Tillman

Blogger, curriculum developer at 7SistersHomeschool.com, counselor, life and career coach, SYMBIS guide, speaker, prayer person. 20+year veteran homeschool mom.

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