The goals of the program are for students to
- gain insight into the day-to-day activities of a job within a field of interest,
- understand how the job fits into the overall operation of the organization, and
- learn about the education and experience requirements for the position.
Benefits of the Experience
The benefits of the experience are far reaching because students
- will go through the process of deciding on and securing a position of interest.
- will get hands-on experience in a career of interest - what's really involved in the "dream job"?
- can draw upon this experience as they begin the college application process in their senior year.
During Junior Work Week, students are required to maintain a detailed journal in which they recount their duties and reflect on their experiences. Journal entries will include interviews with employees on the job, observations and reactions regarding work responsibilities, and a final analysis of the week's experience. In addition to providing juniors with the opportunity to explore and, perhaps, discover a path of interest, the week-long experience has led some to summer internships and other future opportunities.
A Student Perspective ...
"For my Junior Work Week, I interned under the direction of Professor Bryan Hooten at the VCU Department of Music. During my internship, I observed Professor Hooten instruct various music theory classes as well as direct the VCU Small Jazz Ensemble I. In addition, I also assisted Professor Hooten in preparing the release of a new full-length album by his band, Ombak. Over the course of the week, I learned the many priorities Professor Hooten has to balance as a composer, musician, recording artist, instructor and performer and also the numerous responsibilities required in his field. I also learned the great importance of supporting your community and the culture around you as well as how to dance to salsa music (in case of an emergency). Overall, I found my internship with Professor Hooten to be extremely informative about music and the way that music works and I certainly enjoyed the experience."