Beyond the Classroom Learning & Community Partnerships 


The Internship program is open to all eligible Salem High School scholars and provides opportunities to learn about a career interest through hands-on experiences with a business or community partner. Internships take place during the Fall and Spring semesters. Students participating in internships during the school day are enrolled in the elective Internship course or an academic course with an internship component. 

Cooperative Education: 

The Cooperative Education program is open to all eligible Career Technical Education scholars at Salem High School. The program is designed to allow and provide scholars the opportunity with on-the-job training by involving them in work that is directly related to their technical area of study. The students will leave school for their Cooperative Education employment site during their scheduled CTE time. 

Why are these valuable experiences for our scholars? 

● Connects classroom learning to the real world 

● Provides scholars with hands-on experience in a field of interest 

● Helps scholars develop and practice essential technical and employability skills ● Provides scholars with networking opportunities with potential employers ● Offers exposure to a wide range of careers and jobs 

Community Partnerships: 

Salem High School CTE is proud to partner with local individuals, organizations, and our business community. These partners include The Salem Rotary Club, The Salem Partnership, The Salem Chamber of Commerce, and many others, and we are always looking to build new relations with businesses and organizations in Salem and on the North Shore. With your assistance and support, the Salem High School CTE Community Partnerships will continue its mission to enhance and enrich

the educational opportunities of Salem High School scholars and professional staff. Whether it’s a financial contribution, student support, site support, or career connections (providing valuable opportunities connecting high school scholars to the world of work), community partners make a real difference! 

Cooperative Education and Internship Partners: 

Vocational technical education programs benefit when the community is involved. Leaders in local business and industry play an important role in the education process by establishing partnerships with the schools, making cooperative education and internships available to students, hiring Career Technical Education program graduates, and participating in Career Technical Education advisory committees. Currently, we have several businesses and community organizations that hire our scholars as either interns or Cooperative Education placements. The role of the business or community organization is key to a successful program for both the student and the company. 

The employers’ role: 

  • provide experienced supervision 
  • follow worksite safety per OSHA regulations 
  • provide orientation including safety and emergency practices 
  • evaluate student performance and share with instructors 
  • pay wages according to law 
  • ensure worker’s compensation coverage 
  • meet day and hour requirements. (Agreed upon based on employer needs) ● participate in an advisory committee 
  • comply with labor laws and time constraints 
  • notify the school when a student is absent from work 
  • share signed time cards to the school at the end of each co-op week 
  • abide by Equal Employment Opportunity laws/regulations/guidelines 

Advisory Committees: 

Advisory Committees for Career Vocational Technical Education programs play an integral role in the development and implementation of our CTE programs. The committees are comprised of a variety

of constituents ranging from industry, parents, students, apprenticeships, and board members. The input these members provide is invaluable to the progressing trends of each field of study. Overall, the committees advise, assist, and support CTE programs in order to enhance planning and operation from budgets to cooperative education employment opportunities. Such advice is based on adequate and timely information as to workforce and job development demands or job market trends, technological developments, and other factors affecting the quality of the programs.