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Kendall Fischer , Park Record intern

At a time when students need to explore their career options in order to make choices about their futures, the Work Based Learning internship program provides an excellent opportunity to do so.

This program also helps the businesses that take on the interns by providing them with a little extra help.

A Work Based Learning internship program exists at Park City High School, and is currently benefiting students and businesses in our community.

PCHS juniors and seniors may apply to be a part of the internship program and must be approved as a potential asset to any company where they might intern. The students take the internship as a class for which they receive a school grade. They intern for about an hour and a half every other weekday. Every other Monday, they attend intern class at school to learn critical work based skills.

PCHS Work Based Learning coordinator, Ciara Murano-Steele, says this program provides "real practical experience to get . . . a bird’s eye view" of a career field in which the students are interested.

It is really helpful to students who are trying to sort out what type of career path they might like to follow. "It’s a good experience to have in high school," says Marybeth Cannon, a junior who interns at the Park City Family Health Center.

She goes on to explain that the up-close involvement enables her to "see what the medical profession is like." She says working at the health clinic "brings it to a whole new light."

The program is productive for the companies hosting the interns because they get some additional help which can be paid or unpaid.

Murano-Steele observes that the program also provides a chance for the businesses to train the interns and help them "learn the ropes," which often leads to the availability of pre-trained summertime employees.

I got my internship at The Park Record through the Work Based Learning internship program at the high school. My involvement at The Park Record is nice for them because they get to publish my accounts of student life and views. I am also useful for obtaining quotes from my fellow students and doing projects like creating a blog, designing an ad, and writing an information pamphlet.

However, this internship has been an even more wonderful experience for me. I have been able to observe a working environment, learn about how things work in the newspaper business, and I have gotten to know some great people.

I am especially excited that I have also been able to publish in my own columns which run every other week. "It goes back and forth" between the students and the businesses where they intern, Murano-Steele says. The relationships are mutually beneficial. The students can choose the business where they want to intern, and the Work Based Learning coordinator does her best to set them up with an internship. However, interested businesses can also be the first to inquire about becoming a part of this program. In order to learn about opportunities to work with student interns, call the PCHS intern coordinator, Ciara Murano-Steele at 435-645-5650 extension 2039. What do you think? Students, The Park Record has its own blog for students to shout out how they feel about "Student to Student" or any other topic. Join the cyber-realm today at prstudentblog.blogspot.com.


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