Sandia Prep’s Senior Experience

Each year the senior class at Sandia Prep participates in a unique learning opportunity called Senior Experience. Students are released from classes for 2 ½ - 3 weeks to pursue a passion or expand their interests and abilities in a professional setting, working with supervisors or mentors who have chosen to share their knowledge, experience, and talents. These seniors develop personal goals to frame the experience, and they then evaluate the fulfillment of their stated goals through a completed project and public presentation.

Senior Experience is a process that begins in October of the senior year with an introductory work session to initiate discussion and develop ideas about what topics each senior might be interested in pursuing. Topics have included everything from shadowing local physicians, to traveling to China, Africa or Mexico, to creating art, to performing theater or opera. Then through a series of worksheets, discussions, and individual research, each senior finally submits a formal proposal for his or her project at the beginning of February. The projects are reviewed and approved by a faculty committee and each senior embarks on his or her individual experience at the end of April.

Past senior experiences have included internships in genetic research, playwriting, economic development, music performance and paleontology. Experiences in which this year’s seniors (Class of 2015) participated include: 


  • Orthopedic Medicine, UNMH Orthopedics (Dr. Schenck)
  • Veterinary Medicine, Watermelon Mountain Ranch
  • Biology, UNM Dept of Biology (Dr. Northrup)
  • The Business of Art, 516 Arts
  • Medicine, Women’s Specialists of New Mexico; NYC; Lake Powell
  • Pediatrics, Presbyterian Hospital
  • Advertising, You Oughta Be in Pixels
  • Athletic Training
  • Medicine, United Family Hospital, Bejing, China
  • Orthopedics - Orthopedic Medicine, New Mexico Orthopedics (Robert Wilson); NYC
  • Community of Joy (Michael Bastian)
  • Law, U.S. District Court (Judge Whitaker)
  • International Business, Bruckman Rubber (Jack Schreiner)
  • PETA (Cody Ammerman)
  • Photography, NYC & Lake Powell
  • Rachel’s Garden (Terminally Ill Children)
  • Volition, Inc. (Illinois); Art in communicative media, UNM
  • Theater Production (Jennifer Stephenson)
  • Journalism in America, Voices of America, Washington, DC
  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care, UNM
  • Opera (Full length Voice Recital)
  • Children’s Literature, Writing and Illustration (Penny Durant)
  • Pharmacy (Highland Pharmacy)
  • Pediatrics, First Choice Community Health Care (El Centro Familiar)
  • Medicine, UNM Children’s Hospital (Aubrey Meissnest)
  • Commuter Rail in the US, NYC (Robert Gonzales)
  • Sandia National Laboratories (Matt Hopkins)
  • Theater Production
  • Teaching Assistant & Cultural Exchange, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, Mexico
  • Business, Technology Ventures Corporation (Steve Cook)
  • Pharmacy, Walgreens (Emily King)
  • Occupational Therapy, VA Health System
  • Presbyterian Hospital NYC - Child Life Program (Rebecca Armstrong)
  • Nonprofit Administration, Paws and Stripes (Shawn Bacoccini)
  • Government, Congressional Intern (U.S. Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham)
  • Automotive, Motiva Performance (Dave Rochau)
  • Digital Photography (Sergio Salvador)
  • Sound Engineering, UNM Popejoy Hall (Manny Rettinger)
  • Birthing Center (Abigail Eaves)
  • The Guild Cinema (Don Sherry)
  • Information Technology, Sandia Prep
  • Computer Modeling & Programming, Red Fish (Steve Geurin)
  • Art Production, FabLab, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Space Exploration and Research, Mars Rover, UNM Geology Department (Dr. Crumpler)
  • EMT, Bernalillo Fire Department (Courtney McWhorter)
  • Sandia National Laboratories (James Hochrein)
  • Oriental Medicine (Dominic and Jill Stape)
  • Construction and Design, Sandia Pueblo (Anadine Jojola)
  • Forensic Photography, APD Crime Lab (Loren Higgins)
  • Fiore Industries (Bill Mirea)
  • Glass blowing, Greymatter Glass (Doug Harroun)
  • Integrated Medicine, Diplomatic Healing
  • Education, Keres Children Learning Center (Trisha Moquino)
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Life of a Military Officer
  • Deep Silver Volition LLC; Sandia Mini
  • UNM Earth and Planetary Science
  • Summit Electric Supply
  • Documentary Filmmaking, Social Justice
  • Financial Trading, DV Trading
  • Pharmacy, Duran Central Pharmacy
  • Buffett’s Candies
  • Air Force Research Labs, Kirtland AFB
  • Markettrack, LLC
  • Art Project (Elaine Gonzales)
  • Backerworks
  • Physical Therapy, CORE
  • Law, NM Second District Court (Judge Christina Argyres)
  • The Effects of Propaganda, Photography and Brutality in WWII
  • Art Project (Elaine Gonzales)
  • Audio Technology
  • Photography Project
  • New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science
  • Yachting and Business
  • Writing Project
  • Chemical Engineering (Richard Einhorn)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Dance (Patricia Dickinson)
  • Veterinary Medicine, Highland Lakes Veterinary Clinic
  • Health Policy and Medicine, United Foundation for China’s Health, Bejing, China
  • Walmart corporate headquarters, Bentonville, AR
  • Business, Bejing, China
  • Sandoval County Fire Department
  • Education, Walatowa Head Start Language Immersion, Jemez Pueblo
  • Under Armour Inc. corporate headquarters, Baltimore, MD
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