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Scholars Prepare for Careers and Earn Money through Internships

An excellent way to explore possible careers and gain real-world experience while still in high school is through internships. IDEA scholars are fortunate to have access to a variety of internship opportunities with a host of companies, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations located right here in Washington, DC.

This fall IDEA scholars were placed in internships through ACAD Builds, DC’s Department of Employment Services, DC’s High School Internship Program, Studio DC, and Urban Alliance.

Congratulations to these scholars who will be preparing for their future careers and earning money while still in high school!

ACAD Builds enables Academy of Construction and Design scholars to advance their construction and design skills by engaging in real-world industry projects alongside experienced professionals. Our ACAD Builds intern is Arkeem Matthews.

The Department of Employment Services (DOES) internship is a college and career readiness program that meets Wednesday afternoons at IDEA. Interns participate in workshops on study habits, do community service, attend college tours, and more. DOES interns include

  • Blessen Denney 
  • Moet Dupree
  • Tyrkirah Ellis 
  • Jalen Gross 
  • Desiray Knight 
  • Iyanna Lee 
  • Calandra Queen 
  • Dianshe Robinson 
  • Khiya Martin 
  • Trejure McLean 
  • J’Lin Small 
  • Khyrell Winchester 

The High School Internship Program (HSIP), sponsored by DC’s Department of Disability Services, is a 10-week work-based paid program. HSIP interns include

  • Jalen Gross - Walgreens
  • Naiana Johnson - CVS
  • Jade Perry - CVS

Studio DC is a 10-week program that invites scholars to “reinvigorate their neighborhood using design thinking.” According to Studio DC, the program “prepares high school students to design and present progressive community-based stormwater management projects and pairs a diverse body of students with professional and conscientious mentors and exposes them to environmental design careers. Studio DC is sponsored by the DC Department of Energy and Environment with support from The Urban Studio, Landscape Architecture Foundation, the National Building Museum, IDEA Public Charter School, the Academy of Construction and Design, and SmithGroup. Our Studio DC intern is Raven Carter.

Urban Alliance “prepares high school seniors for future economic self-sufficiency through an intensive, year-long experience combining paid, professional internships, job skills training, one-on-one mentoring, and ongoing post-program support.” 

Our Urban Alliance interns include

  • Takayla Ankrom - Live It, Learn It
  • Abriana Holmes - Children’s National Hospital, IMPACT Center
  • Chrissy Jackson - Martha’s Table
  • La’hniyah Phillips - Live It, Learn It


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