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Internships allow students to get experience in future career fields

New district focus on workplace experience creates internship opportunities for students
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By Olivia Peters
In Mrs. Goetsch’s kindergarten classroom, senior Kaylen Hyde helps kids reach the end of their erasable mazes Friday, Feb. 2.

Workplace experience has become more valuable than ever in recent years as more students enter the workforce before college. A new district internship initiative has facilitated this experience for a wide range of career interests from teaching to dentistry.

Senior Kaylen Hyde has been interning at Prairie Ridge Elementary since her sophomore year.

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher and then I found out that [the school] had teaching as a career and then internships,” Hyde said. “I’ve been working with third grade for the last three years.”

Hyde has gotten diverse experience with her internship, doing many of the tasks a teacher would.

“I’ve graded papers and I’ve taken small groups out to help them with assignments,” Hyde said. “Being able to get in the classroom and with the kids has made me want to be a teacher even more.”

Senior Bridgit Duffin has been able to intern at WaterOne through the school and has found it valuable to her pursuit of chemical engineering.

Pipetting water samples at CTEC, senior Bridgit Duffin practices skills for her internship at WaterOne, where she tests water for coliform and E. coli using dilution and incubation using similar pipetting techniques Friday, Jan. 26. (By Olivia Peters)

“I think [interning] is just a great opportunity that the school and the district has given me to go and see the real world and see how what I want to do can be applied in the real world,” Duffin said.

Interning provides not only valuable experiences that guide students for post-secondary education, but it also gives students many skills for any career, according to program facilitator Kevin Jeffries.

“I think [students] are getting a lot of learning about what it’s like to show up to work on time,” Jeffries said. “You know how to work with other people, how to network, how to collaborate, a lot of that stuff for when you have no idea what [employers] expect.”

Jeffries explains that for students interested in interning, it is a simple process.

“If you think you want to [pursue a career], but you’ve never really experienced it yet, come talk to me and I’ll help find something,” Jeffries said. “I have a lot of contacts, so I try to leverage those connections to help find opportunities for the students.”

However, the complexity of tracking these internships does mean there is a limit on how many students can intern.

“We have capacity to handle about 25 interns a semester,” Jeffries said. “That’s because we have to do all the paperwork. We have to do site visits too where I will go out and actually see what this site is where the student is working to make sure it’s safe.”

Where We Work
Senior Bridgit Duffin
Looking to a classmate, senior Bridgit Duffin discusses her internship while pipetting water samples Friday, Jan. 26.
Looking to a classmate, senior Bridgit Duffin discusses her internship while pipetting water samples Friday, Jan. 26. (By Olivia Peters)

Location: WaterOne

Work Field: Chemical Engineering

“There I’ll be able to test water samples and get to know more about chemicals and chemical engineering in the real world and its applications.”

Senior Kaylen Hyde
Interning, senior Kaylen Hyde helps kindergartener Greyson Rocco color his morning work Friday, Feb. 2.
Interning, senior Kaylen Hyde helps kindergartener Greyson Rocco color his morning work Friday, Feb. 2. (By Olivia Peters)

Location: Prairie Ridge Elementary

Work Field: Education

“I’ve always known I wanted to be a teacher, but being able to get in the classroom and be with the kids has made me really want to be a teacher even more.”

Senior Chloe Clayton
Looking down, senior Chloe Clayton discusses paperwork at her internship at HT Complete Family Dentistry.
Looking down, senior Chloe Clayton discusses paperwork at her internship at HT Complete Family Dentistry. (By Submitted by Kevin Jeffries)

Location: HT Complete Family Dentistry

Work Field: Dentistry

“I went around during my three hour timeframe and would help out where I could. I [also] watched when root canals or crowns were happening.”

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Evan LeRoy, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is sophomore Evan LeRoy’s first year on the JagWire staff. Evan is a reporter for both the newspaper staff and for the broadcast staff. Outside of school Evan likes to perform, take walks and spend time preparing for his next performance. Evan is excited to learn all the skills he will need to do both print and video journalism. Evan is excited to be a part of both groups and is excited to tell all the important stories the people of Mill Valley need to know.
Anna Zwahlen, JagWire editor-in-chief, Mill Valley News editor-in-chief
This is senior Anna Zwahlen’s second year on the JagWire newspaper staff. She is thrilled to be one of the new Editors In Chief of the JagWire and Mill Valley News. Anna is also involved in the National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, Scholars Bowl, GSA and is co-president for Youth for Refugees. Outside of school, Anna loves to read and spend time with her friends, as well as listen to new music and watch her favorite TV shows and movies between her work as a barista.
Olivia Peters, JagWire reporter/photographer
This is senior Olivia Peters’ first year on the JagWire staff. She is exploring all roles this year: writing, designing and taking photos. Outside of journalism, she is president of Mill Valley’s SNHS, captain of the Color Guard, vice-president of Youth for Refugees and secretary of the Women’s Empowerment Club. She is also involved in NEHS, Model UN and Scholar’s Bowl. Outside of school, Olivia enjoys reading, working as a gymnastics coach, and playing dungeons and dragons.

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