The May Project program is an educational experience that gives seniors the opportunity to pursue a variety of professional experiences ranging from work in a research laboratory or museum to recording music to learning about technology development in a gaming company. While the program allows students to explore their interests and ideas, it also allows them to demonstrate the core values that they learned during their years at The Albany Academies: responsibility, self-discipline, compassion, ingenuity, respect, service, integrity and perseverance.
While each student’s project is different, all the experiences grow out of a specific set of principles and guidelines. In early May, the students – instead of going to classes – participate in an internship that pertains to an area of study they intend to pursue in college. The student is expected to find an appropriate placement; however, the school assists with support and contacts for the students.
The student works with two advisors, one on campus and one at the work site or in the field where the student is working. The on-campus advisor is selected by the student from among Academy faculty and staff and is usually someone with whom the student has a close relationship. This advisor provides some accountability for the school, monitoring the student’s hours and performance and giving advice on how to enter the professional world.
The student is required to keep a daily journal to document and reflect on the experiences and lessons learned, and the entire project culminates in a fair in early June where the student has an opportunity to share their project with the school community. Local leaders, professionals, families, faculty and students gather together to see the students’ reports, exhibits and documentaries.

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  • Previous May Projects Companies

    Thank you to the companies, organizations, and individuals that provided our students valuable work experience.
    AIDS Council
    Albany County Alternate Public
    Defender's Office
    Albany County District Attorney's Office
    Albany Institute of History & Art
    Albany Law School
    Albany Theater & Supply
    Albert's Equine Dentistry
    American Red Cross
    Austin & Co.
    Broadway Marketing
    Burnt Hills Animal Hospital
    Camp Chingachgook
    Cap Hill
    Capital Region Neuro Surgery
    Capital Region Orthopedics
    City of Albany Police
    Cohoes Music Hall
    College of Nanoscale Science
    & Engineering
    Corrosion Products & Equipment, Inc.
    Department of Veterans' Affairs
    Dr. Amanda Nash
    Dr. Henry Schein Dental
    Dr. Jeff Rockmore
    Dr. Keith Nussbaum
    Equine Advocates
    Family &Cosmetic Dentistry
    Fenimore Asset Management
    Field Goods
    Grassroots Givers
    Greg Beeche Logistics
    Halfmoon Family Dental
    Ingleston's Autobody
    Lycee Saint Francois-Xavier
    Marvin and Company, PC
    Mayfair Jewelers
    Mohawk Hudson Humane Society
    Mohawk Valley Orthopedics
    Mr. Bo Buran
    Mr. Chris Conway
    Mr. Joe Jacobs
    Mr. Mike Zabinski
    Mr. Paul Gallucci
    Mr. Philip J. Glacone
    Ms. Dora Lois
    Ms. Jen Rosen
    Ms. Pamela MacAffer
    Northeast Gastroenterology
    & Hepatology
    NYS Assembly
    NYS Division of the Budget
    NYS Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection
    Oakwood Veterinary Clinic
    Park Playhouse
    Picotte Companies
    Plug Power
    Ronald McDonald House Charities
    Rotterdam Veterinary Hospital
    Saratoga Peak Performance
    Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
    Siena College
    St. Peter's Hospital
    The Kaleel Jamison Consulting Group
    The Recording Company
    TIES, Inc.
    Times Union Center
    Tri-City ValleyCats
    Under Armour Lacrosse
    University at Albany Cancer Research Center
    Wolfert's Roost Country Club
    WVCR at Siena College
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Who We Are: The Albany Academies—The Albany Academy and Albany Academy for Girls—develop capable and confident students through single-gender education in the Lower and Middle School, and through coordinate education in the Upper School.

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