Professional Related Intern/Mentorship Experience (PRIME)

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, 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 2019 program is December 14th.

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: 2017-2018


Parent/Student Information Meeting November 13, 2018; 7pm in the Career Center Commons
Application Forms Due December 14, 2018
Two Letters of Recommendation Due
January 9, 2019
Interviews TBD
PRIME Orientation May 30, 2019; 4-6:30pm (Career Center Commons)
Target date for intern placements May 31, 2019
Internship Dates July 1 – July 26, 2019
PRIME Breakfast July 25, 2019; 8:30am Location TBD