The Rigors and Rewards of
Until Rachel’s internship week with a psychiatric linic, her main career goals were business chool and a high salary. After overcoming her initial fears, she helped the director run support groups and spent a night working at
the emergency shelter. Surprised by her passion for human
service, she volunteered at the clinic for several months and is
now in college studying psychiatric nursing.
A hands-on learner who loved engines and power tools,
Jesse interned with an orchard equipment supplier and spent
months refurbishing an industrial sprayer that his mentor
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then sold for a $4,000 profit. Jesse’s final presentation, which
transcended the verbal and organizational challenges outlined in his individualized education plan (IEP), showed
deep understanding of complex mechanical processes. After
high school graduation, he began paid employment with the
equipment supplier three days a week while completing a
demanding paramedic course at a local community college.
A Glimpse of Internship Models
Rachel and Jesse were my students at two public high schools
where internships are part of the required curriculum. Many