Seven years ago, the inaugural year of the Senior Internship Program, there were just twelve New Canaan High School seniors who signed up. Susan Carroll from the College and Career center organized the program, but it was not nearly as big as it is today because students seemed reticent to give up their last month with their peers to head out on an internship. With no precedent for the program or word of mouth referrals from older siblings or peers, it was a rare few who gave up their last weeks in the classroom to dip a toe into the job market. Today there are 269 senior interns, more than 22 times the size it was at inception.
Jane Beiles has been working with the Senior Internship Program from New Canaan High School for six consecutive years now, starting in 2012, and has brought in a total of ten student interns from New Canaan High School to train with her. As a woman who started her own creative business after a decade in the fashion industry, she has served as an inspiration to all of her interns. Through assisting on photo shoots for her varied clients including the New York Times, regional and national magazines, chefs, and design industry professionals Jane has introduced her interns into the worlds of publishing, culinary arts, architectural photography and interior design