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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 13, 2018 11:46 AM
From: Representative Morgan Cephas
To: All House members
Subject: Require Internship as Graduation Requirement for Career & Technical Education Students
In the near future, I plan to introduce legislation that would require that students who are enrolled full time in a vocational-technical program successfully complete an internship as a graduation requirement.

The value of an internship in furthering a student’s education is widely recognized. Students who engage in internships have the opportunity to gain firsthand work experience in their chosen field, which can serve their best interests in various ways. Through the practical experience of an internship, a student can further determine with certainty that he or she has chosen the correct occupation, and can put their training to the test. Students are able to gain practical employment experience that can improve their chances of being hired full time, as the knowledge and competencies learned during the internship enhance their employability.

Internships also serve employers’ best interests, providing companies and organizations with the chance to field test these temporary employees for a brief period with no full time commitment. Such entities can carefully review the intern’s demonstrated abilities and work habits, and can better determine whether the intern may be a good candidate to hire. As such, internships are a “win-win” situation for students and employers alike.

Please join me in co-sponsoring this legislation, which will help to serve the needs of students, businesses and other organizational entities alike.

Introduced as HB2499