Observing (Shadowing) – According to the North Carolina DPI, observing/shadowing is a
short-term educational experience that introduces an individual student
to a particular job or career by pairing the student with an employee
of a business, industry, or agency.
Observation experiences are permitted for students whose schools are affiliated
Internship – According to the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction,
a Career Major Internship deviates from the General Internship in that
the work-based experience is directly related to the classroom instruction
and the chosen career focus of the student. It may be integrated within
instruction or subsequent to the completion of instruction, e.g. course
or course sequence. Unpaid internships are permitted for students whose
schools are affiliated with CVMC.
Practicum – A course of study devoted to practical experience in a field.
Co-Op – A course of study devoted work-based learning supervised by an
expert in the field.
Senior Project – Students choose a topic of interest and then complete a culminating
project which contains four components; a research paper, a product, a
portfolio, and a presentation. Through the process of completing a graduation
project, students learn about an area of study, interact with mentors
or experts in the relevant field, maintain a portfolio of activities and
documents, and present their findings to a review panel. Senior Project
experiences are permitted for students whose schools are affiliated with CVMC.