Senior Seminar | Internships and Capstone Projects
The Saint Mary's School Senior Seminar program is an integral part of the school's innovative, four-year, grade-specific, Seminar Program. During the first semester, the Senior Seminar program focuses on the college search and application process as students work closely with the college counseling staff and their individual college counselor.
The second semester focuses on giving students the opportunity to dive deeply into an area of interest through a capstone research project or internship of their choosing. Saint Mary's location in downtown Raleigh, provides myriad opportunities for students to connect with experts in a variety of fields and access businesses of all kinds.
Internship opportunities are designed to help students build key competencies while also developing greater independence through a concentrated, week-long, career immersion experience. The Senior Internship Experience allows seniors to explore career interests and observe a professional setting, all while enhancing personal growth.
At Saint Mary’s, we strive for each internship experience to be balanced between hands-on and observational. As an extension of the classroom, internships can enhance learning and core competencies.
The internship experience allows seniors to:
explore a new profession or career interest
practice professional skills, such as resume writing, networking and more
interact with diverse populations
nurture self-esteem and personal growth
develop personal and professional responsibility
cultivate strong and effective communication skills
The internship experience allows internship partners to:
introduce students to a new company and career
establish new relationships with local schools and educators
develop new projects with student assistance
foster good will in the community by serving as an internship host site
Capstone Research Projects
Questions? Please contact Kayla Wyscarver at 919-424-4092 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
My internship was fun and so exciting. I walked into La Maison on my first day thinking I would just be shadowing the designers, but they wanted me to actually work with them. It became my first real job... I can now picture myself being a designer in a few short years and my internship at La Maison helped me envision that.
Kate Garrison '20
What I most enjoyed about the capstone program was the opportunity to apply the skills I learned during high school towards my passions. The capstone program allows students to explore their interests in ways the confines of the school day do not allow. It was very compelling to do archival research outside of the classroom and get a taste of what a professional career in that field might resemble.
Wilder Seamans '20
2020 S.S. and I.F. Marsden Award Recipient
About the S.S. and I.F. Marsden Award
The S.S. and I.F. Marsden Award is given to a senior who completed an outstanding research project during her senior year. It is awarded to a senior with a demonstrated aptitude in an academic discipline through presentation of a significant research project and report producing a final product with substance, depth, and breadth of research. The recipient of the Marsden Award receives a cash award.
For more information
Seminar Program Academic Instructor