An internship is a job, paid or unpaid and usually temporary, which involves training for a professional career. At Ridgewood, we make these part of our whole school approach to maintaining close links with local employers and being part of the local community. At Ridgewood, our internship programme supplies genuine internship experience to 16-18 year olds who are enrolled as full-time students, working collaboratively with local employers in a flexible way, using a training provider to manage the contract. In the majority of cases, internships will be arranged in holiday periods where suitable, though some experience may also be arranged on an appropriate 'sandwich' basis during term time. Longer internships for students may also be available.