Professional Related Intern/Mentorship Experience (PRIME)

From the PRIME staff:

The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in changes and adjustments throughout the school system, as well as in most other aspects of our lives.  At this time, we do not know what things will look like in July, 2021.  However, in order to offer any sort of profession-related experience to interested and qualified students, we must begin planning now. Internships and field trips may end up being virtual, in person, or some combination of the two.  Please note that if activities are virtual, it is unlikely that interns will be able to put in the 140 clock hours the state requires to earn a credit.  In that case, PRIME will be non-credit.As you read the following description, please bear in mind that this is PRIME in an ideal situation.  Changes may need to be made as we approach the actual internship dates.  Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. 

PRIME is an internship program for rising junior and senior students who have been identified for gifted services and/or have completed at least one year in a Career and Technical Education (CTE) class with the expectation to continue to the next level. It is designed to provide students with an opportunity to be placed as interns in professional organizations that relate to their fields of interest. Students will be involved in all aspects of the career they explore, including the opportunity to sample higher-level functions of the occupation. By working closely with mentors, students become familiar with the realities of the world of work, as well as the necessary traits for the career area.

The PRIME program is offered during the summer months, in which the student needs to be available for the entire duration of the internship. Interns will earn one unweighted high school credit for 140 hours of work. Students and mentors negotiate the details of the internship hours. Interns must be at least sixteen years of age by the time they begin their internship. Interns must also be available for all four weeks of the internship and be able to provide their own transportation to the internship location. Please keep in mind that public transportation is not always available to internship sites. The application deadline for the summer 2021 program is January 12.

Interested applicants should contact their gifted resource teacher, guidance counselor or PRIME coordinator, and Arlington Career Center Director of Counseling, Louis Villafane, at 703-228-5731. Please email questions to:

PRIME Interview Tips & Questions: 2019-2020

PRIME Internship Timeline 2020-2021

Parent/Student Information Meeting December 15, 2020 7:00 – 8:00 pm (virtual meeting)
Application Forms Due January 12, 2021
Two Letters of Recommendation Due January 15, 2021
Interviews TBA
PRIME Orientation May 27, 2021
Target Date for Intern Placements May 28, 2021
Internship Dates July 6 – 30, 2021