OWN 20XX: Internship Training Program

OWN Academy’s mission is to ensure students are prepared for a future beyond the four-walled classrooms. We have designed a high school internship trainee program called OWN 20XX based on the World Economic Forum’s Future of Work Report. OWN 20XX Internship Skills Training provides students with first-hand experience of working in the 21st century. Our training program is designed to prepare students with the foundational skills demanded in over forty different industries, ultimately shaping them into a prospective intern that companies would be hard-pressed to reject.


We are entering the 4th industrial revolution and our world is changing at an unprecedented pace, and OWN 20XX is here to address this.

Based on OWN Academy’s insider industry knowledge and research, and the Future of Jobs Report of the World Economic Forum (WEF), today’s secondary school students are likely to be placed in positions that will require radically different core skills from today’s. This program addresses these necessary skills head-on, contextualised within our philosophy of real-world and experiential learning. Students will be prepared for the working world of the not-so-distant future.


OWN 20XX is a hands-on, experiential internship skills bootcamp designed for secondary school and high school students aged 15 to 18 that are serious about being prepared for their future careers, whether they’re certain or uncertain of how this path looks like. Students join as an Intern Trainee to develop skills in the area of Business Development, Marketing, and Design and in this process, build a portfolio of work to present to future employers. It is designed in a series format, where students and scaffold their learning in each subsequent course.

Students will leverage OWN Academy’s strong and expansive network of relationships with industry partners and under our guidance, provide innovative business solutions back to the respective companies.

This extensive program provides the groundwork to become a competent intern from day one of an internship and allows interns to hit the ground running, being a value-add to the company from the beginning. Guidance from the program acts as a middle ground and intermediary to subsequent internships, providing an appropriate segway to an internship which often provides minimal guidance.



  1. Students target a company of choice (from within or outside OWN Academy’s network)
  2. Under the guidance of OWN coaches, students will be guided in a project-based manner to provide an implementable and feasible social media campaign to the respective company
    1. Alongside the project, students will be trained in growth hacking, data analysis, administrative skills, event management, and design.
  3. Students plan an event and showcase their solutions after invitation of representatives of the desired company for internship opportunities.


This is no simple feat. Students are committed to a 12-hour program (per course), but in addition, are expected to complete approximately 1 hour of work per class hour in their own time. The objective  of OWN 20XX:  

  1. The ability to build a network with industry professionals while demonstrating and proving students’ value as a competent intern  
  2. Increased employability via
    1. A presentable portfolio for internship and/ or university applications
    2. Valuable and demonstrable work experience
  3. Insight to the working world, with guidance into how to navigate the working world, in the format of clearly defined project-based work
  4. Self-awareness and the ability to understand what’s an appropriate fit
  5. Foundational understanding of how everything is connected in the business world
  6. The ability to be proactive, rather than reactive by presenting an innovative campaign
  7. Secure an internship placement (dependent on the student’s work and the selection process of the company)

OWN 20XX does not teach CV and cover letter writing skills, instead, we focus on the necessary skills for students to succeed as an intern and/ or employee. 


We are always ahead of the curve. OWN 20XX is a program that is forever adapting to the demand of skills to ensure our students are kept up to date in terms of knowledge and skills. We designed a curriculum that addresses specifically the needs for internship positions available for high school and university students. We aim to build the foundation of students’ future-proof skills through the current demand of interns in the areas of:

  1. Research
  2. Marketing (offline and online)
  3. Events and Project Management/ Operations
  4. Data Analytics
  5. Content Creation
  6. Design
  7. Social Media
  8. Communications
  9. Administrative
  10. Hospitality

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