ALC In­tern­ships in­spire stu­dents

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Me­gan Wall­gren for Serve Daily

An in­tern­ship pro­gram at Nebo’s Ad­vanced Learn­ing Cen­ter has been help­ing High School Stu­dents try out ca­reer paths and pre­pare for the fu­ture.

This se­mes­ter, 147 stu­dents from 5 area high schools are par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pro­gram. They are work­ing at power plants, an­i­mal hos­pi­tals, florists, ac­coun­tants, city of­fices, po­lice de­part­ments, stu­dios, schools and more. The at­tend twice a week for a se­mes­ter.

“It’s end­less the things the kids can do,” said pro­gram di­rec­tor Chris Thomas.

Thomas says the pro­gram gives kids an op­por­tu­nity to ex­plore ca­reers they are in­ter­ested in be­fore hav­ing to com­mit to school­ing or train­ing. “They may say, ‘This is for me,’ or de­cide, ‘This wasn’t what I thought, I don’t even like it,’” said Thomas. “High School is an im­por­tant time to ex­plore and fig­ure out where they want to go in life.”

Ma­son Iver­son, a se­nior at Salem Hills, is do­ing a me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing in­tern­ship at UAMPS power. He’s en­joyed “learn­ing what the real world work­force is like and get­ting a bet­ter feel for what I want to do and how to achieve it.”

An­gel­ica Nel­son, a se­nior at Salem Hills, is in­tern­ing at For­get Me Not Flo­ral in Payson. “I ab­so­lutely love it! I am learn­ing about how to run a busi­ness, how to cre­ate a keen eye for flower ar­range­ments, the best ways to in­ter­act with cus­tomers and most im­por­tantly, how to love what you do even though some­times it def­i­nitely gets a lit­tle crazy and you feel as though it’s not worth it,” she said.

Steven Jef­fery, a se­nior at Maple Moun­tain, has been do­ing an in­tern­ship with Span­ish Fork Fire and Am­bu­lance. He en­joys go­ing out on calls and see­ing the EMTs work. He would rec­om­mend an in­tern­ship for any stu­dent, even if you’re un­sure about your fu­ture plans.

“Even if you don't see an in­tern­ship for the ca­reer that you are want­ing to go into still do one! You never know what your ca­reer could be, and if you are ques­tion­ing a ca­reer, go and do that in­tern­ship to see if you like it or not. The only way to re­ally know if you like some­thing or not is to go and ex­pe­ri­ence it,” he said.

Stu­dents in­ter­ested in an in­tern­ship through the ALC need to fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion and will be re­quired to take a re­lated CTE course. For a list of avail­able in­tern­ships, go to work- based- learn­ing- in­tern­ship- place­ment-op­tions.

Busi­nesses in­ter­ested in spon­sor­ing an in­tern can con­tact Chris Thomas at chris. thoma[email protected]

Ma­son Iver­son, a Salem Hills se­nior, is a UAMPS high school stu­dent in­tern.

An­gel­ica Nel­son works at For­get Me Not Flo­ral.

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