From High School Student to Corporate Employee

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Sarah B. '17, Back Page Editor

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Every summer, rising seniors are given the opportunity to participate in the Ursuline Summer Internship Program. This program, organized by Christian Freberg, the Student Internship Program Coordinator, allows seniors to experience firsthand the daily responsibilities and roles of the real working world. Students are given a list of top tier companies to select from, ranging from architecture firms to business corporations.

“I was initially drawn to the program because it seemed like a great way to get exposure to working life. I turned down a salaried job to work without pay for seven weeks because of the countless opportunities that I knew this internship would bring”, says Maya E., ’17.

Maya interned with the David Nathan Meyerson Foundation, a non-profit that supports smaller non-profits through donations and funds.

“I learned so much just by working in an environment with individuals twice my age,” claims Maya. “They have amazing advice about college, corporate America, and life in general.”

But age did not stand as much of a barrier. Even though the students may have less experience in the office, their duties were no easy task.

Alex H., ’17, spent eight weeks interning at East Lake Veterinary Hospital.
“I was treated as an adult and was given many opportunities to contribute in any way possible”, says Alex. “I offered my assistance in handing tools, cutting sutures, giving microchip shots, helping the animals relax, and scrubbing in on surgeries”.

Thinking about participating in this summer’s internship program? Maya and Alex say this is a no brainer!
“It is a great experience that lots of students at other schools are not offered–plus it looks great on a resume!” says Maya.

Aside from its ability to expose seniors to new experiences and its impressive appeal to colleges, partaking in the program can also validate future career plans.

“It helped me clear my mind and save time on deciding what the right career path for me would be,” claims Alex. “I realized that the medical field is something I am extremely interested in, and this veterinary internship allowed me to consider this career path more in depth.”

Even though the internships offered are unpaid, most participants are compensated in alternate ways.
According to Maya, she received various college recommendations, a $600 donation to Ursuline in her name, and $600 to the non-profit of her choice.

Ursuline’s Summer Internship Program excels above and beyond the boundaries of standard learning. With its innumerable benefits, every Ursuline girl should be drawn to these enticing organizations and opportunities.

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