Huntington High School’s career internship program offers seniors a peak into what the future might hold. Gaining insight into aspects of a job before ever stepping foot on a college campus and deciding to pursue a specific academic major appeals to the hundreds of students who have participated in the initiative over the years.
Coordinated by high school business teacher Paige Furman and dean of students Paul Caleca, the internship program provides participants with a challenging real world environment allowing them to experience all the ins and outs and pressures of an assortment of career fields and even actual job titles.
This year’s participants include Lily Stein, Chas Forte, Madison Lange, Kyle Perea, Riva Bergman, Joe Mead, Maddy Kye, Kyra DeSalvo, Silvia Merlos Meza, Margaret Lalor, Mya Davis, Abby Semelsberger, Julien Rentsch, Sulma Campos, Holly Wright, Peyton Kalb, Livia D’Anna, Keenan Lyons, Patricia Campos, John O’Brien, Nick Thompson, Bella Thompson, John Segreti, Andrew Amitrano, Ryan Williams, Margaret Imperato, Michael Reed, Caitlin Palermo, Elizabeth Dugan, Baylie Larsen, Rocio Trujillo, Casey Coleman, Maddy Meidenman, Marisa Cribar, Nathan Soric, Claudia Villatoro, Daniela Ramos and Lucy Biblow.
“The student internship program is designed to provide seniors with opportunities for enrichment activities that go beyond the traditional academic experience,” states the high school curriculum guide. “During the year, students will pursue a career and develop a creative project. Participants will earn one academic credit for their yearlong placement. Students are required to work under the supervision of their mentor and to maintain a detailed journal reflecting on completed activities and knowledge gained from their experiences.”
The program is available to seniors, who earn one academic credit following completion of their respective internship. Nearly 40 seniors are participating in internships this year. Some of the program’s participants are engaged in internships outside of the school district with professionals in the community.