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January Term

Jan Term Internships

January Term internships are an opportunity for students to gain valuable field experience in a career that interests them. Internships are self-designed, with students finding a place of work and a field adviser, creating goals for the internship experience, recording hours worked, and writing about the experience and presenting it at Jan Term Sharing Day.

An internship must be educational in nature and should require the student to spend a minimum of six hours a day for at least fifteen days on task. Most students choose to live at home during Jan Term, working during the day in an office, place of business, lab, etc., under the supervision of a field adviser.

A faculty committee reviews each internship proposal and either approves or disapproves. No project of a purely recreational nature will be accepted, nor will a student be allowed to repeat a project. Also, the committee discourages students from undertaking a project that would require them to have a parent as a field adviser. Students completing an internship should receive no financial remuneration for work done in connection with their January Term program. 

Boarding students who remain on campus during January Term will only have access to transportation during regular working hours and within a reasonable distance from the Academy. Such students should be sure to arrange an internship which satisfies these expectations.

Maiya in front of a Discovery banner
Maiya A’17 completed a Jan Term internship with Salem Academy alumna, Andrea Passafiume, at Docs in Progress, a NGO for documentary filmmaking, and she also worked with her on Tribeca Film Festival’s programming. Maiya had the opportunity to work with Andrea’s husband, Tom, who works for the Discovery Channel. 

Recent Jan Term Internships

  • CBS News | New York, NY
  • Bell Davis Pitt Law Firm | Winston-Salem, NC
  • Oscar de la Renta | New York, NY
  • Biltmore Estate | Asheville, NC
  • Spanish Immersion Program | Seville, Spain
  • SoundLizzard Productions | Winston-Salem, NC
  • Ball Aerospace | Boulder, CO
  • Orient Artex | Shanghai, China
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America | Washington, DC

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