Saint Mary's Class of 2021 seniors presented their Capstone Research Project or Internship Project to the school community, Monday, April 26. This event kicks off Senior Week and completes their Seminar class requirements. This is the third year of the Capstone and Internship program. Most all presentations were in person in various campus locations on Monday afternoon. Our virtual seniors in China presented early Monday morning on Microsoft Teams. Our community was excited to hear about the incredible experiences our seniors had through their research and internships!
"After doing this virtually last spring, we are so happy to have these presentations in person this year," says Kayla Wyscarver, Seminar Faculty. "Thanks to all who supported our senior class as they fulfilled an important and exciting graduation requirement."
Saint Mary’s Senior Seminar 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; and
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
A capstone research project may include, but is not limited to, a research paper, a field study, or a collaboration with a faculty member or fellow student. The project is intended to showcase the development of a student's high school career or allow a student to explore a topic of interest more fully that she may not have had the opportunity to explore as part of her regular academic program. A capstone research project allows students to apply what they have learned in new ways and in new contexts, which in turn deepens learning and provides the skills and knowledge needed to continue pursuing this interest in college or beyond. A capstone project hones research skills and gives students the opportunity to defend their research and what they've learning with a presentation of their findings for a live audience.
The Senior Seminar Program truly embodies and delivers on Saint Mary's promised mission to prepare students for college and life.