Overview

High school seniors can intern 6-10 hours per week in a setting related to their career pathway. Students receive high school credit for successful completion of their Work-Based Learning Experience.

Available to students in Grade 12 through the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency (MARESA) Internship Program. Internship Coordinators work to find a host site. Over the last few years, more than 150 internship sites have hosted students.


Interning in high school is a fantastic way to get some real-world experience before heading off to college.  Many students use internships as a strategy to help decide their college major, bolster their college application and network with influential people. The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency Internship Program is offered to high school seniors and features a 6-10 hour per week independent study course related to the student’s career pathway.  The non-paid work experience will be spent with a local business/agency where students are trained and supervised by one or more training site employees.   Students receive high school credit for successful completion of their internship.  Grades are assigned by the internship coordinator and are based on a site supervisor evaluation, student maturity, learning progress and a daily written journal.  Individual site supervisors may assign additional tasks.  Prior to the start of an internship, the business, school, parent and student must all approve the training schedule and tasks. Students are expected to follow both the internship and business site attendance rules and policies and are responsible for their own transportation to and from their training site.   The internship application process requires completion of an application, resumé and recommendation from the school counselor.  The student will then interview with the internship program coordinator and, if accepted, will then interview with a business or agency.  High school juniors interested in applying for an internship during their senior year should contact their high school guidance counselor.

Sample Internship Sites

  • Active Physical Therapy
  • Advantedge Sports Training
  • Alger County Clerk/ Register of Deeds
  • Alger County Courthouse
  • Alger County Treasurer
  • City of Marquette
  • Double Trouble
  • Gauthier Insurance
  • Gwinn Sawyer Veterinary Clinic
  • Headstart -- Greenwood
  • Holmquist Feed Mill
  • Marquette City Fire Dept. 
  • Marquette City Police
  • Marquette County Historical Museum
  • Marquette-Alger RESA
  • Michigan DNR
  • MSU North Farm
  • Munising Memorial Hospital
  • Munising Memorial Hospital- Records
  • Neenah Paper Mill
  • Negaunee Co-op Nursery
  • Negaunee Coop Preschool, Inc.
  • Negaunee Veterinary Clinic
  • NMU - Computer Science
  • NMU Public Safety
  • NMU Public TV 13
  • Northern Vet Associates
  • UP Health Systems - Bell Hospital
  • UP Rehab Services  
Ava Larson (right) from Marquette Senior High School interning with the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

Ava Larson (right) from Marquette Senior High School interning with the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center.

Contact Information

Chad Rowley, MARESA • crowley@maresa.org, 906-226-5178

Rayme Martineau, MARESA • rmartineau@maresa.org, 906-226-5139