Exploring Careers Choices through Internships
TheHoly Child internship program provides seniors the opportunity to explore their career interests and gain experience working in a professional environment. The program is organized by longtime Holy Child Teacher Cindy Kahan with the support of homeroom advisors. Students plan their internships in the fall of their senior year and spend time onsite in May. The program concludes with a presentation given to families, fellow classmates and sponsors.
This year’s sponsors represented a wide variety of careers including private sector firms and businesses, government agencies, media corporations, and non-profit organizations.
Lucy Gilak interned at the Sport and Spine Rehab. “It was a valuable opportunity for me to explore a field I had a definite interest in but was not one hundred percent certain about," she says. "I was able to learn about Physical Therapy and Chiropractics, the differences between the two, and the required schooling and skills for each. The experience has given me a taste of what life would be like as a Chiropractor and ultimately, life as a part of the working class.” Lucy will be attending University of Pennsylvania in the fall with an interest in majoring in Health Sciences.
Molly Smith always wanted to be an elementary school teacher and working with Stephanie Hill’s 3rd grade class at Burning Tree Elementary School validated her passion. “I had never actually experienced what happens in a real classroom setting so I was thankful that Ms. Hill gave me so many responsibilities including grading worksheets, editing students’ creative writing pieces, and explaining math concepts, because I really got to engage with the students," she says. Molly feels confident in her decision to pursue elementary education at Liberty University next year.
Erica Tokar '01 sponsored Isabelle Tyshing at Gray Plant Mooty, a corporate law firm in D.C. Reflecting on working with Isabelle, Erica says, “Isabelle is incredibly smart, personable and professional. I found her demeanor in the office, aptitude for the law, and can-do attitude to be extremely impressive. She will be very successful at whatever she sets her mind to.” Isabelle will be at St. John’s University in the fall and is considering law school post-undergrad.
The program will only grow in its significance as Cindy and others work to shape it and heighten its capstone experience for seniors. "It's an exciting transition time for our seniors as they engage in this work just after exams and just before graduation," she says. "We know it will only increase in its value to our students."