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Wednesday, November 14 • 10:55am - 11:45am
The Flipped Internship: A New Partnership Strategy between Technology Companies and High Schools

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High School Internships in technology companies are difficult to find. As a result, students often miss out on opportunities to learn, first-hand, about careers in technology. To solve this problem, MITRE and Burlington High School (BHS) collaborated and created a new strategy to provide High School Seniors with technology and career-related experiences in the “Flipped Internship.” Students were given an opportunity to propose and complete a career-related project while remaining in school. Industry mentors met with students once a week, and introduced them to software development methodologies such as Agile and Scrum, development tools like GitHub and Trello, emerging fields like Cybersecurity, and new software development platforms. Additionally, using technologies like Trello and Github enabled both teachers and off-site mentors to have insights into student progress and obstacles. Because the interns remained in the classroom, a large number of students were able to participate and work as colleagues, supporting and learning from each other. Weekly Mentor meetings were scheduled during lunch, and MITRE employees from different departments were able to meet and traveled together, creating a sustained engagement with the school that offered employees both structure and flexibility. Two lead engineers from MITRE’s NextUp group and two computer science teachers from Burlington High School will describe their experiences, share lessons learned, and provide a framework for other schools and businesses who would like to use this model.


Emily Holt

Cyber Security Engineer, MITRE

Dylan Phelan

Visualization and Computer Graphics Software Engineer, MITRE

Shereen Tyrrell

Computer Science Teacher, Burlington High School

LeRoy Wong

Student Help Desk Instructor and Instructional Technology Specialist, Burlington Public Schools

Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am EST
Meeting Room A

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