TAG Internship Overview

  • The Tag Internship Program has been established to provide career experiences for high school students.



    Who can be a TAG Intern?

    11th & 12th Graders in Good Standing in the Talented and Gifted (TAG) Program


    What is the prerequisite for TAG Internships?

    Successful Completion of the TAG Seminar "Hire Me."

    The semester before the student is planning to participate in the program, students must attend an interview with the Fulton Count TAG Internship Representative. For fall semester internships, interviews are usually held the week after Spring Break the semester before. For spring semester internships, interviews are usually held the first week of November the semester before.


    Am I responsible for my own transportation to and from the internship site?

    Yes, the students are responsible for their own transportation. The students need to have a driver’s license and car before their internship begins.


    What types of internship sites are available in the TAG Internship Program?

    We begin the site selection process by evaluating student interests. Students will be asked to give us three career field options (i.e. medicine, physical therapy, and veterinarian science). We try to place students in their top selection, but occasionally we will have to place a student in their second choice career field. If we do not have enough sites for the number of students who are interested in a specific career field or the student selects a unique field that we have never had before then we attempt to find new sites. We try to find the best fit for each student. One important criterion in the selection process is how far the student is willing to travel. Students and parents should have an idea of a maximum mile radius in which the student is willing to travel.


    Do I get paid for my internship?

    No, students receive school credit (letter grade based on assignments and evaluations) and therefore are not able to get paid for their experience.


    How many weeks during the semester do interns report to the internship site?

    For the fourteen weeks in the middle of the semester, or as soon as the student has attended his or her placement interview, he or she will report to the job site. Most students will only go to the job site two or three times a week and work for longer period of time than one hour. On the days that they do not go to the job site, they may either go to the library or go home. Interns spend the first two weeks of the semester in school preparing for their internships. Sometime during the first four weeks of the semester, interns will attend their placement interview in which they will and a Fulton County TAG Internship Representative will join them at the business site and establish their work schedule for the semester. The last two weeks of the semester, the interns report back to school and prepare for their final presentations, which will showcase the experience that they had out in the field.


    How many hours a week are dedicated to TAG Internships? How do TAG Internships fit into my school schedule?

    If the intern is participating in a single internship (one school period) then he or she is required to work five hours per week (equal to class time), seventy hours total. For a double internship (two periods), then the student would be required to work twice as many hours.


    How long are TAG Internships?

    TAG Internships run on a semester basis. Students will start at a new internship each semester that they participate. A student can participate in up to four internships (two junior year and two senior year.


    What types of assignments are required in the TAG Internship Program?

    See the document, "TAG Internship Assignment," found on the documents page. 

    HIRE ME!

    Hire Me is a prerequisite seminar for students who wish to participate in the Fulton County Gifted Services internship program. In this innovative program, 11th and 12th graders in TAG obtain semester-long internships throughout Fulton County in a wide range of professional fields, including medicine, physical therapy, engineering, education, business, law, media, and child/family services.

    In the seminar, TAG students decide on a field/focus for their internship. They will compose a resume, cover letter, and references, and learn the importance and specifics of professional attire. Participants conduct research on a career field in which they are interested and plan to intern. Students practice interviewing and networking skills, culminating in a mock interview taking place at the end of the course. Class discussion topics include business ethics, professional attitudes, and managing change in the workplace.

    The seminar is designed to prepare TAG students for their upcoming internships, but also helps them to build valuable communication and workplace skills and approaches that aid them in preparing for college and adult life.

    TAG students in 10th-12th grades may take Hire Me, but are advised to take the seminar the semester before their internship.

    If you have any other questions please email Mrs. Eick at eick@fultonschools.org.