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School ends, internships commence

Students prepare for 2018 summer internships

By Sam Hart

Senior Brynne Hunt poses in front of the Blue Origin logo while participating in a 2017 summer internship.
Photo Courtesy of: Brynne Hunt

Many RAHS students have applied and are preparing for internships during the 2018 summer. The internships provide a great learning opportunities to students exploring and learning about their future careers.
RAHS Junior Aivy Nguyen is interning for an orthodontics clinic and is hoping to learn more about her future career as an orthodontist.
“I am going to be working at Povolny Orthodontics in Southcenter. I’m interested in orthodontics so he offered me a position as a sterilization technician and basically that’s making sure that all the dental instruments are sterilized completely, cleaning up the stations, and welcoming in patients to the offices.”
Nguyen has begun her training sessions and has already learned much about the field of orthodontics.
“I’ve already learned a lot so far [from the training session], and so I hope to learn a lot more,” said Nguyen. “The orthodontist there has already taught me about teeth movement and patient care.”
Nguyen has found her internship incredibly helpful as it is providing a great learning experience for her career goals
“Because I want to be an orthodontist when I’m older and go into the orthodontics industry, it will be super helpful to be familiar with the office and all the instrument,” said Nguyen. “Also, having experience interacting with patients and welcoming people will be super helpful, and it looks good on resumes.”
Senior Brynne Hunt is excited to return to Blue Origin, where she previously had a successful experience as an intern.
“This summer, I will be interning for Blue Origin for the second time,” said Hunt. “I am going to be working on small engine testing and reliability upgrades until August when I leave for Purdue University.”
Hunt believes that Blue Origin offers a great experience for people looking to go into commercial space exploration to develop professional connections.
“I applied to Blue Origin at the end of Junior year because I have always been really interested in space and rockets and that’s [where] I eventually want to be working, in the commercial space industry,” said Hunt. “I thought that this would be a good stepping stone for making connections.”
Hunt loves the modern and friendly environment at Blue Origin, and feels that they offer a great attitude towards accomplishing tasks.
“I love the company, I love the culture and atmosphere, and so I’m always excited to go back,” said Hunt. “But I am nervous that I don’t have a lot of time before going to college.”
Hunt gained many new skills working at Blue Origin and hopes to have another great experience.
“This summer, I am hoping to get more technical skills since I will be working test stands, and so that’s what I think I’ll get this time,” said Hunt. “Last summer, I learned what the company is all about and what they hope to do in space.”
Career Choices teacher Renee Olsen is continuously looking for as many chances as possible to set students up with internships. She is hoping to find as many possible internships that could appeal to the interests of students at RAHS.
“There will be more [internships] coming too as we continue to work on them, Girls Who Code, Girls Rock Math,” said Olsen. “We keep searching for new opportunities.”
Olsen thinks that Hobart Machining is a great learning experience for students looking for a busy, yet beneficial internship.
“Another internship that I really like is Hobart Machining. It’s a smaller company but they do a huge business,” said Olsen. “I like how they bring someone into the company, they then set the student up with business cards, an office, and a desk. They really put their interns to work and they get to try a little of everything.”
“Another internship that I really like is Hobart Machining. It’s a smaller company but they do a huge business,” said Olsen. “I like how they bring someone into the company, they then set the student up with business cards, an office, and a desk. They really put their interns to work and they get to try a little of everything.”
If you are interested in finding an internship, be sure to visit the Career Center or talk to Ms. Carper for advice, opportunities, and information about them.

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