Professional Studies

Professional studies will provide meaningful connections for students to their future education and career paths. Students will learn key professional skills, which colleges and employers tell us are important to future success.

Students who participate in professional studies programs will have an advantage in admission to college and applications to careers because of their experiences, professional skills and references from employers.  Students interested in applying for the professional studies program need to turn in a completed application to their guidance counselor.  The window to apply for the professional studies program for the '17 - '18 school year is December 1, 2016 - February 17, 2017. 

Teacher Externships

Park Hill is excited to announce a summer opportunity for teacher externships.  This training is a collaborative effort between Park Hill Professional Studies and Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies NCAPS. Teachers across the Northland will work collaboratively to develop authentic learning projects with the mentorship of industry and business partners.  Training details and sign up information are provided on the district’s website under the Professional Studies tab.   Teachers are provided a $450.00 stipend for participation. The enrollment deadline is May 31st.  

Teacher Externships application

LEAD Innovation Studio



At the LEAD Innovation Studio, students will take an active role in their learning, while teachers will provide the support and mentoring all students need. Cutting-edge technology will allow students to work toward their individual goals with teachers facilitating their learning.

The program will start in the 2017-2018 school year with freshmen, 11th and 12th graders participating in professional studies internships will attend a half-day program at the LEAD Innovation Studio, and a half-day in their professional studies internships, fanning out across the community to learn directly from professionals in the fields that interest them.

We invite all incoming freshmen to apply to attend the LEAD Innovation Studio, as the school’s personalized approach will appeal to students of all backgrounds and with all kinds of interests and goals. 

Incoming juniors and seniors can now enroll in the professional studies internships.

For more information on the LEAD Innovation Studio, and to access the 8th grade application, visit the LEAD Innovation Webpage.  

Park Hill Professional Studies Internship Application
Education Services 2020 Overview


The Park Hill Professional Studies provides students with authentic learning experiences and meaningful professional connections.  Through partnerships with individuals and businesses, Professional Studies connects what is being taught in the classroom and what occurs in the workplace.  Professional experiences are aligned with student's interests, talents, and passions, and students discover first-hand the relevancy of what they are learning in the classroom and how that applies to college and career opportunities.

Business partnerships

Park Hill's Professional Studies business partnerships provide our students with a firsthand perspective of the professional skills and responsibilities required on the job.  Our partners provide students with authentic learning experiences establishing a clear connection between education and work.  Students select an internship based on personal career interest and gain hands-on professional experiences.  If you would like to be a Park Hill Professional Studies business partner, please sign up here.


Professional mentors 
Local professionals will serve as screened volunteers who provide guidance and expertise to students in their career explorations. 

Students will work in local workplaces, learning from professionals as they participate in authentic career experiences.

College and career experiences within the classroom
Local professionals will serve as guest lecturers in the classroom and as curriculum resources to teachers. In this area, we will build our own immersion experiences like the ones in Northland CAPS. Our first offering is an education strand called Education 2020.

Teachers will get authentic professional experiences in the workplace, to help them provide relevant lessons in their classrooms.

Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (NCAPS)
Students get immersion experience in workplaces, focusing on engineering and advanced manufacturing; technology solutions; medicine and healthcare; and global business and entrepreneurship.

Northland CAPS Overview

Northland Career Center
Through this partnership, students learn relevant career skills in agriculture, construction, culinary arts, diesel technology, health sciences, law enforcement, IT, welding, HVAC and early childhood.

Park Hill Professional Studies
Students participate in one of two courses, Education Services 2020 and Professional Studies Internship.  The training video below provides information to prepare students for their initial interview with their business partner.  It discusses program details, how to prepare, what to wear, questions students may be asked and an overview of the interview process.  Students should watch this video prior to going to their business partner.

Park Hill Professional Studies Training Video

Get Involved

  • Students and parents can enroll through the counseling office. Counselors will work with students to make these opportunities fit their schedules.

  • Parents and other community professionals can volunteer their time or their organization’s support to help students prepare for college and career. Contact Director of Professional Studies Stephanie Amaya at (816) 359-4034.


Northland CAPS
Northland CAPS Press Conference - Innovation Grant

Northland Career Center