The school partners with the Codman Square Health Center and other local community organizations to offer two week internships to all 11th and 12th grade students as part of the school’s graduation requirements. Internship are apprenticeships focused in an area of student interest and career exploration. Codman students, who are partnered with a professional mentor throughout the program, have had first hand experience working with clients in a local businesses, running laboratory tests in a first-rate health center, and teaching a lesson as a teacher's aide at a neighborhood school. The program's purpose is to connect academic learning and service by deepening both. As part of the program, students complete daily written reflections on their experience and submit an essay at the conclusion of the internship.
Codman students have held internships in a range of departments at the Codman Square Health Center including Urgent Care, Family and Women's Health, Radiology, Dental, Laboratory, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and HIV and Community Outreach. Students have also held internships at the American Family Child Care Association, MSPCA-Angell Animal Care Medical Center, Mass General Hospital, DotWell, Laboz Music Productions, JRI Health Center, Ashmont Nursery School, HealthWorks, The American Friends Service Committee, HKT Architects, SPARKS, and the Edward Brooke Charter School. A recent Boston Globe article writes, “[Dr. Jack Geiger, founder of the community health center movement] stopped by Codman Academy in Dorchester, the country’s only school within a federally chartered community health center, and praised its emphasis on health care careers.”