VERONA, NJ - Now in its fifth year, Verona High School’s Senior Capstone Program allows for seniors in good standing to complete the school year by exploring areas of interest at a career-focused placement or through a community-service experience. These internships provide seniors with a unique learning experience to assist them as they transition from high school to college, employment or other ventures.
Students are required to work 20 hours a week. They choose from a variety of internship opportunities available across multiple industries including publishing, construction, broadcasting, design, politics, healthcare, architecture and many more.
This year the Township of Verona will have several Capstone students working in the Administration and Economic Development office, the Fire Prevention Bureau and in Sustainability with members of Sustainable Verona and the Verona Environmental Commission. Over the course of the six-week program, students will work alongside township employees on various projects. They will help with marketing, finance, communications, town events, economic development, law enforcement and much more, getting a full picture of what working in municipal government looks like.
"The Township of Verona is excited to host four students from VHS this year as part of the Capstone Program,” said Steve Neale, Director of Administration and Economic Development. “We are thrilled to be involved with this amazing program and always enjoy our time with the students."
Neale has hosted students for the past several years and is impressed by the level of professionalism and interest displayed by the students.
The Senior Capstone Program has grown significantly since its inception, with 90% of VHS’s seniors participating.
“When it first started I was up against uncertainty and skepticism about giving up the last month of school, and something just clicked in the last year or two where the kids really brought into the experience and look forward to it,” said Angela Salisbury, a business education teacher at Verona High School who heads the program. “It’s a testament to having good experiences for the kids to choose from, having adults offer to be mentors, and parents valuing the program enough to let it take shape.”
To learn more about the Senior Capstone Program, visit https://www.veronaschools.org/Page/4140.