The mission of the Office of Career Development is to educate, support, and assist in the growth of high school students as they explore and further understand themselves through their work in a variety of professional settings. Participating in this program will help students apply skills learned from the classroom and discover new career interests and develop new skill sets.  Additionally, students will gain valuable experiences as they develop into young professionals, and begin making connections within our community.  They will not only grow as individuals, but also learn the value of a Catholic-Jesuit education within a professional network.  

What We Offer

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  • Career Development Presentations

    Grade Level Programs are available to high school students through classroom presentations and workshops. Topics such as resume writing, understanding how one can bring value to a team, and building skill sets and interviewing skills are all essential to our program’s goals. Topics will be evaluated on an annual basis in order to ensure lessons taught are relevant in today’s society.
  • Internships and Externships

    What is the difference between an Internship and an Externship – here at Belen Jesuit?

    An internship provides a real-life, hands-on experience that enables the student to put into action everything they have been learning in the classroom or learn new skills along the way. Duration: Minimum 3-4 days (Summer).

    An externship is essentially a job shadowing experience or an opportunity to observe a day in the life of a professional(s).  Students will gain a better understanding of different departments within a company and learn through practical experiences about the challenges that arise while performing a job. Duration: Minimum one day (Summer*).

    *1-day externships could also be coordinated during the school year with a group of students.  Students will travel off campus with the school coordinator or a faculty member to a job site. 
  • Who can participate in a summer internship?

    • Students currently in 10th/11th grade who have:
      • A good conduct record with a desire to learn about a particular profession.
      • Submitted an internship application on time 
      • Attended the “Ignatian Gentlemen: Business Lunch” Seminar (April)
    • As of 2022, participation in a summer internship was capped at 75 students.
  • Beyond Belen Networking and Mentorship Program

    Beyond Belen is a program offered to current juniors and seniors where students are paired with an alumni mentor based on career interests. Students are given the opportunity to ask questions at our annual meet and greet breakfast on campus and gain a deeper understanding of a career they would like to explore in the future. The Belen Alumni Association is made up of a group of highly motivated and intelligent men who are constantly searching for ways to give back and the Beyond Belen program is a testament to their service. 

    Mentee Expectations: Attend a brief training prior to the event as well as a debriefing session.

    Mentor Expectations: Follow up with your mentee throughout the course of his career and educational journey. Be open to giving advice and offering any other connections you may have to better serve the mentee and expand his network of professionals. Lastly, never lose sight that some mentees may reach out a few years down the road once they have a better understanding of their career path. 

Contact Us

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    Mrs. Claudia Basso 

    Career Development and Internship Coordinator
    (786) 621-4132
“I learned a lot about the ins and outs of an engineer’s job both at the office and on-site. I also got the opportunity to work with multiple engineers and get their perspectives on the job. The best part was interning under an alumnus. He was able to provide relatable and personal insight into my experience with the firm.” Lucas Jimenez ‘23, intern at Hazen and Sawyer with Orlando Castro ‘01. 
500 SW 127th Avenue, Miami, FL 33184
phone: 305.223.8600 | fax: 305.227.2565 | email: webmaster@belenjesuit.org
Belen Jesuit Preparatory School was founded in 1854 in Havana, Cuba by Queen Isabel II of Spain.  The task of educating students was assigned to the priests and brothers of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), whose teaching tradition is synonymous with academic excellence and spiritual discipline.  In 1961, the new political regime of Cuba confiscated the School property and expelled the Jesuit faculty.  The School was re-established in Miami the same year, and over the next decade, continued to grow.  Today, Belen Jesuit sits on a 30-acre site in western Dade County, only minutes away from downtown Miami.