Middle School Internship Week

Exploring Career Opportunities and Connecting with our Business Community

The week of May 22-25, 2017,  was not just a time for students to wind down the school year; our CMCS Middle School students (also known as our Adolescent Community) actually geared up to spend four consecutive days out in the field doing what employees do in the world of work. Each year, middle school students can look forward to engaging in this internship experience, but before going to each location, students learn how to properly format resumes and log all their skills/accomplishments. These resumes are presented to their internship supervisor their first day on the job.

Students are not only exploring different career interests this week, they are also discovering their ability to make a difference in the world while becoming more self-confident and independent. After a day in the field, students respond to a different writing prompt focusing on that day’s events. Here are a few snippets from the nightly reflections:
  • My first day at McNeal Veterinary Hospital was extremely fun. When I first got there, Dr. Candi was examining a dog that got hit by a car the night before. Its leg was messed up, and he had trouble breathing. Then, she decided they had to put him down. We all listened to what Mrs. Candi had to say to the owners. We also listened to the clients and their animals when they came in for their check ups. I learned a lot from seeing what Dr. Candi was doing and what was wrong with the animal. There was this little baby raccoon that was only 2 weeks old, and it was the cutest thing; we all got to hold it. Finally, we helped her spay on a female German Shepherd and saw the action right in front of me. I thought it was going to be disgusting to see all of the dogs’ organs, but it wasn’t that bad. Overall, I had a great time with the animals, but also with the people, and I can’t wait to go back!  ~ Isabella Pecunes
  • Today was immensely superior to yesterday; we toured the jail, and I got to man the x-ray machine; I also rode in cop cars to and from the jail. In order to work at the front of the sheriff’s office, you have to have good eyesight–this is because you have to be able to spot a gun or a knife. With some of the other jobs at the jail, you have to be very flexible because they work 12-hour days, without taking their eyes off the security monitors. In the law enforcement world, there are promotions available; for example, Deputy- Corporal- Sergeant- Lieutenant- Captain- Major- Chief Deputy- Sheriff, and a few others, depending on the department. Working in or at a Sheriff’s department is not a goal I am striving for…  ~ Braedon Tomovski
  • My job at Helping Hands is a pretty nice job. It has a few positives and a few drawbacks. One of the main positives is getting to help people which is good because it hopefully makes that person happy, and it should make you happy, too…Some of the drawbacks of it are the lack of pay. (Which doesn’t bother me, but it might bother other people.) Another one might be the working conditions because we sort things in an area that has no air conditioning. This is sort of made up for by the big garage door that can open and close which can let in some fresh air. Overall, the positives outweigh the drawbacks. ~ Liam McCarty
Field experience in many forms is a fundamental component of our Middle School curriculum. The purpose of the internship program is to give these student volunteers a hands-on experience in the business world as part of their practical life education, while assisting our business partners in a meaningful and helpful way.
Our students are mature, hardworking, creative, and love learning. They have a natural curiosity and enthusiasm, which has made this a rewarding experience for everyone involved!
A huge thank you to all of this year’s hosts:

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