The Junior/Senior Project is designed to provide an opportunity for each student to pursue an in-depth study of an area of interest outside of the traditional classroom. Typically, the projects include a two-week internship and require the student to keep a journal during their time off campus and submit a paper describing the project and evaluating the experience. However, a student may do a summer-long internship to satisfy this requirement. While students are only required to do one project to satisfy the graduation requirement, some opt to do one in both junior and senior years. Recent projects have included community service in Costa Rica, shadowing a cardiologist at a local hospital including observation of surgical procedures, developing and tracking an online marketing and sales strategy, working for a gubernatorial campaign during the fall election season, interning with a sea turtle conservation group, and coaching a youth sports program.
Students share their completed projects in three ways: first, each student develops a presentation open to the public at some point during the first two months of school. Students also create posters for their projects and participate in a "Project Fair" for the School community in October. Finally, in February, several students present their projects at an all-school assembly to share their experiences with faculty and underclasswomen.
For more information about Junior/Senior projects, contact program coordinators Rich Prager (Class of 2013) at rprager [at] ethelwalker [dot] org or Sandra Quinlan (Class of 2014) at squinlan [at] ethelwalker [dot] org.
Recent Junior/Senior Projects
- Internship with an oncology practice at an area hospital
- Shadowing an internal medicine physician, participating in medical rounds with medical students in a teaching hospital
- Representing the Barbados Equestrian Team at the Youth Olympic Games in Singapore
- Shadowing a nurse practitioner on her daily rounds
- Working with the US Small Business Administration to set up an eco-friendly start-up business that could produce School-required athletic gear
- Analyzing the impact and reach of a blog (set up about our New Zealand exchange program) that conforms with Walker’s Acceptable Use Policy
- Working with a large-animal veterinary practice dealing with sheep, goats, horses and cows
- Serving as a counselor and mentor at the Walker’s Summer Riding Experience camp
- Writing a children’s book and investigating the process of getting it published
- Working for a Republican’s gubernatorial campaign and a Democrat’s congressional campaign