What Do You Want To Do In Your Future? Wednesday, February 24, 2010 By Bryanna Alvarez & Jenna Jolls
Throughout the year, Stratford High School students are given the opportunity to take part in internships. An internship is a work-related learning experience offered to individuals who wish to develop hands-on experience in a certain occupational field. Internships not only allow students to try out a career, but also introduce them to working adults and give them the chance to build their network. Sometimes, and internship can even turn into a paid position. Sophomore, Brian Zapata, said: “Internships prepare you for some of the tasks you will do in the future. When you fail to prepare, then you are preparing to fail.” At Stratford High School, internships are offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and usually take place in local Stratford businesses. They are available in any career field and are very beneficial to college-bound students who wish to stand out from the crowd. Junior, Regina Roch, said: “I heard internships are very useful in the college process because it gives you a unique opportunity. It can help you in choosing your career in the future.” “My internship experience was great!” said sophomore, Jannelse Gonzalez. “I learned something new everyday, and everyone was very positive and helpful. The internship was so valuable in shaping my career goals. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.” According to Ms. Rusate, “Approximately 50 students participate in the internships program throughout the year.” Students interested in becoming an intern should read through the internship handbook and must be ready to make the commitment of 60 hours, after school. They are then required to complete the internship application, sign the agreement, and get a teacher recommendation. All paperwork should be returned to Ms. Rusate. “I would definitely recommend internships to other students. It is a fantastic way of learning hands-on about the career they want,” said Gonzalez.