University School of Milwaukee's Internship and Shadowing program provides sophomores, juniors, and graduating seniors with summer internships and job shadowing opportunities created by school parent-affiliated companies and other organizations.
This program is unique among high schools across the country and provides students with real-life exposure to possible fields of study and career paths. All students who participate in the program complete four hours of training at the start of the program.
The program exists, in large part, due to the generosity of the USM community. School parents, working in a wide range of industries, provide opportunities for students to learn at their place of business. Internships typically range from one to three weeks and are paid positions, whereas shadowing experiences are typically one day and are unpaid. The employer or sponsor can determine the length of the opportunity based on their needs, often allowing students to gain meaningful experience throughout the summer.
Each year, students learn in the areas of engineering, finance, journalism, entrepreneurship, computer science, environmental fields, product development, sports management, graphic design, social media, robotics, software development, and many more medical and non-medical fields.