This tool was built upon 3 key principles:
1. Students should be at the center of the process. Learning is less engaging and student/mentor relationships are less authentic when students are assigned to internships that may or may not match their interests. Students should be invited to search for opportunities related to their passions, and should be supported by educators as they learn to initiate and pursue their own internships.
2. A vibrant program is built upon the school leveraging it's community. Students and families drive the creation of a wide variety of internship opportunities through their personal, professional, and social networks. ImBlaze gives students the power to add their own prospects to a school’s growing database of internship opportunities, to be built and acted upon by students from future academic classes.
3. An adult coordinator is a crucial factor in this work. While student interests and agency are the driving force behind internship selection, an adult partner ensures the process runs most efficiently, that opportunities are aligned with students’ goals, that community relationships are cultivated, and that the system is strengthened over time.