Professional Related Intern/Mentorship Experience (PRIME)

PRIME, an internship program for rising juniors and seniors, is designed to provide gifted students with unpaid internships in professional organizations related to their fields of interest. Students are assigned to mentors; this allows them to gain first-hand knowledge and skills required in the professional world. 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, as well as one college credit for NOVA’s SDV100: College Success Skills course, 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 2017 program is December 16th.

Interested applicants should contact their gifted resource teacher, guidance counselor or PRIME coordinator, and Arlington Career Center Assistant Principal, Erik Healey at 703-228-5742. Please email questions to:


Parent/Student Information Meeting November 16, 2016; 7pm in the Career Center Commons
Application Forms Due December 16, 2016
Two Letters of Recommendation Due
January 6, 2017
Interviews January 17 – February 10, 2017
PRIME Orientation June 1, 2017; 4-6:30pm (Room 115 Career Center)
Intern Placements Confirmed June 2, 2017
Internship Dates July 3 – July 28, 2017
PRIME Breakfast July 27, 2017; 8:30am in the Career Center Commons