January Term

Stepping into the World

January Term is when we really shake things up! It takes place the 3 weeks following winter break, and it’s all about learning through exploration.

Jan Term - students at an art gallery

“During Jan Term, I did volunteer work at a local elementary school. Giving back to the community is really important to me. I felt like it was a blessing to me as much as to them.”

Jeanine Ikekhua A’20

Jan Term includes

On-Campus Explorations: Freshmen & Sophomores

New for 2020! Ninth and tenth grade students work in partnership with Love out Loud, a local nonprofit, to immerse themselves in the Winston-Salem community. They research an issue of interest and spend their mornings doing community service. Each afternoon, students experience something new in Winston-Salem as they explore the city’s businesses, educational institutions, and arts organizations.

Off-Campus Opportunities: Juniors & Seniors

These opportunities include internships and travel!

Jan Term Internships, including alumnae honor internships, give juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore a career of interest. Students work with a field advisor to secure a location, develop goals, write and present about the experience at Jan Term Share Day.

"I interned in the film industry with a Salem alumna, Andrea Passafiume A’88. I worked with her at Docs in Progress, an NGO for documentary filmmaking, and on Tribeca Film Festival's programming. I also worked with her husband, Tom, with the Discovery Channel. I had an amazing opportunity working with editors and production managers there.”

Maiya Barsky A’17

Academy students recently interned at:

  • Paralyzed Veterans of America, Washington DC
  • The Children’s Home, Winston-Salem
  • A nursing home in Seville, Spain
  • Bell, Davis, & Pitt Law Firm, Winston-Salem
  • Docs in Progress, an organization for documentary filmmaking
  • Arts Council of Winston-Salem
  • The Mount Airy News, Mount Airy
  • Smith Reynolds Airport, Winston-Salem
  • Holocaust Museum & Education Center of Southwest Florida
  • Mount Vernon Historic Home
  • Smith Farm Elementary School, Winston-Salem

Travel: Open to all students

Each year one of Salem’s academic departments sponsors an international trip. The adventure is designed to fun, educational, and mind-opening.

Upcoming Travel

2020: Germany, Switzerland, & Austria sponsored by the Fine Arts department

2021: Belize, sponsored by the Athletics department

2022: Spain, sponsored by the History department

2023: Ecuador and the Galapagos, sponsored by the Science department