Senior Experience

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Senior Experience is an opportunity during the last three weeks of high school, after the conclusion of Advanced Placement exams, for interested seniors to participate in a unique transitional learning opportunity outside of school. This full-time experience can take more than one form, but it generally will pair a senior with a professional with whom that student will work and/or serve as an intern in the senior’s chosen field of interest (i.e., arts, health care, politics, architecture, marketing, teaching, culinary arts, etc.). The non-paying internship must include a minimum of 100 hours with 28 contact hours in week one and 35 hours in weeks two and three. Students must return to Yorktown in June to participate in a Final Seminar designed to share their experiences.

A student may not intern with his/her parent or guardian, or participate in an internship at Yorktown and other APS high school programs including Bishop O’Connell High School.

Students may not return to Yorktown during the school day.


Important documents, including the application and handbooks, are available in the Senior Experience Documents below. Please make a note of important deadlines in your personal calendar.

The Senior Experience Student Application & Student Handbook are available in the Senior Experience Canvas Course.

2023 Senior Experience Mentor Handboook

2023 Senior Experience Mentor Application & Business Reference

2023 Senior Experience at a Glance

Important Dates and Reminders

Application, Reference, and Authorization Forms – March 24, 2023

Checklist Completion – May 15, 2023

Mandatory Kick-off meeting – May 19, 2023

Senior Experience Program – May 22-June 13, 2023

Final Seminar –  June 14, 2023

Contact Information:
Heather Sutphin, Senior Experience Program Coordinator
Mary Ann Mahan, Senior Experience Administrative Assistant
Phone: 703-228-5389
Fax: 703-228-5409