By: Julia Barona
Some are sitting behind a desk, filing paperwork, some are action packed and helping out in different parts of a company. Internships range from many different situations, and all provide a valuable lesson in life. Here at Samueli Academy, an internship is a requirement to graduate. On Thursday, September 8th there was Internship Fair where juniors got a chance to talk with Seniors about their internship experience. There was a wide range of internships, from a daycare type internship to a business internship. But what do you have to do to prepare yourself for it?
One major step in the process to gaining an internship, is a portfolio. But what do you need in your portfolio? The first thing you should have in your portfolio is a resume, which includes your skills, abilities, accomplishments. Genesis Bolanos, a junior here at Samueli Academy, said “Some things I have in my portfolio are my projects, especially my engineering projects and my English essays.” You should have things that represent your leadership and work habits. Awards, projects, presentations, etc. are some good examples of what you can put inside of your portfolio.
Okay great. Now you know some of the things you need for your portfolio. But what else do you need to know? If you ask senior Reyes Aldaba, he would tell you “Apply for your internship on time. There is a possibility that you won't get hired.” You also should apply to multiple internships along with your first choice, because other students will also be applying.
Some places that you can internship at are Discovery Cube Ocean Quest and Honda Center. At Discovery Cube Ocean Quest, you work with kids over the summer, you will either walk the kids to different activities or help them with the activities. If working with kids doesn’t interest you, at the Honda Center, you will be helping at different stations for the Anaheim Ducks, learning about planning and marketing. There are also internships here, at Samueli. Reyes Aldaba said, “I had summer school… it was convenient that I was working at school. Some of the things that I did were event planning… organizing, filing and faxing papers… folding laundry like the soccer, basketball and volleyball uniforms.”
You can also go and find an internship for yourself, like Pamela Paredes did. She wanted an internship in Journalism, so she contacted the OC Register and set one up with them. Unfortunately, they canceled the internship, so she interviewed with boys and girls club where she created a new program about journalism for them.
The junior internships are something that all schools should consider. It gives the students life and work experience that they can use throughout their life. Even if you end up not liking your internship, you will still get something out of it. It gives you a taste of work and interviews. And sometimes you need to take a job that you don't like, but it is important that you do so you can continue on and get the one you do want. Life is about trial and error to get where you want.
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