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Instructions for Off?Campus Sponsors/Internship Supervisors

What is Senior Projects?  The Senior Projects Program at Albuquerque Academy is a required program for all seniors and takes place during the final five weeks of the senior year.  Senior Projects allows students to study an area of particular interest within one of four options: internship, mentorship, seminar, and self-directed project.  The two options that operate off campus and require an off-campus sponsor are self-directed projects and internships. 

How is the program set up?  This year Senior Projects begin Monday, April 17 and end on Sunday, May 14.  These four weeks are for the project itself, and the last week, May 15-19, is reserved for student presentations of their project experience to their peers (Presentations of Learning).  Continuance in regular classes varies depending upon the option a student chooses.  Many students are enrolled in AP courses during the spring semester and are able to continue in AP classes and/or review during the project month.  Students also have the opportunity to continue in extracurricular and co-curricular activities. Students doing an internship will need to spend either 20 or 30 hours a week at their internship, depending on whether or not they are doing this as a part-time or full-time project.

What is my role as the Off-Campus Sponsor or Internship Supervisor?  The role of the Off?Campus Sponsor/Internship Supervisor may vary, although we expect that you will serve as the primary supervisor and technical adviser to the student during her or his project.  It is your responsibility to help the student clarify goals and to assist in the process of reaching these goals.  Here are some basic expectations:

  1. Review the student requirements for Senior Projects that are listed on the back of this page.
  2. Discuss goals and possible approaches to the project, which can be completed in the four weeks.
  3. Monitor the student’s work schedule and encourage planning ahead.  Students are expected to invest six hours each day, Monday through Friday (or thirty hours per week), while working on their projects.  Students interested in a part-time internship need to only require four hours per day or twenty hours per week. As long as the student is getting enough work for the weekly total, we do not care how it is split up.
  4. For internships, students are required to make up any time he or she may have missed due to illness or other absence, excused or unexcused.  Also, the student may not be paid for work done in an internship.
  5. Set up a schedule or regular meetings with the student to together assess the progress of the student’s learning.
  6. Offer insight into this field that the student has not considered.  Your input will be invaluable in making the project more meaningful for the student.
  7. Submit a final, brief evaluation of the project on a provided form, which will be returned to the program coordinator by the student in a sealed envelope by Monday, May 15, 2017.
  8. Contact the Senior Projects Coordinators (Mike Hanselmann and Jeremy Johnson) at Albuquerque Academy if you have any problems with (or praises for!) the student with whom you are working, or if you have any questions regarding the Senior Projects Program.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Senior Projects Program Coordinators:

Mike Hanselmann            858-8893              

Jeremy Johnson               828-3256              

Thank you very much for your time and support in helping our students in this valuable experience!

Project Requirements for Students


  • Attend your internship 30 or 20 hours a week, depending on the option you chose, starting April 17, 2017 and continuing for four weeks. 
  • Meet once each week with your on-campus sponsor, together completing a weekly progress report.  YOU are responsible for initiating and scheduling these meetings!  Also meet regularly with your off-campus sponsor to assess the progress of your learning.
  • Submit a three-page self-assessment paper by May 15, 2017.
  • Schedule and do a presentation of learning during the week of May 15, 2017.
  • Remain in good academic and disciplinary standing.

Self-Directed Project

You must do the following:

  • Meet once each week of the project with your on-campus sponsor.  YOU are responsible for contacting your on-campus sponsor and arranging a mutually agreeable meeting time.
  • Complete a weekly progress report with your on-campus sponsor.
  • Plan to meet once each week with your off-campus sponsor.
  • Schedule and complete a Presentation of Learning to your classmates during the week of May 15, 2017.

Important Information You (Student) Want to Know

  • Submit all your paperwork ON TIME.  If you do not submit a proposal for your senior project (at all or on time), we will set up a project for you in consultation with Ms. Roth.  It is not suggested that you choose this route as your option.
  • Grading is pass/fail for all projects.  If you fail, you will not graduate.  To pass, you must satisfactorily complete all requirements of your project.
  • You may not earn money for your internship or as a result of any part of your senior project work.
  • Senior projects are a privilege, and students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing to be eligible to leave campus to participate in an internship.
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