Juniors Explore Professions Through Internships

Emma Fenton (right) discusses an art project with a student at C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios in Saratoga Springs

During the final half of February, each 11th grader spent at least a week exploring a profession through internship placements near and far — from Saratoga to the UK. These experiences gave them not only a jump on their resume, but also soft skills and a self-knowledge that will serve them for life. (Pictured: Emma Fenton, right, discusses an art project with a student at C.R.E.A.T.E. Community Studios in Saratoga Springs.)

At our school every junior researches a professional field of their choice during a significant portion of their year. Their research includes exploring their own strengths and interests, interviewing professionals in their chosen field, and securing and completing their internship. They also participate in workshops on subjects ranging from posture and body language to budgeting and goal-setting The project wraps up with a public presentation of their internship experience on March 14.

Through networking, cold calling, and working with a group of volunteer adult mentors, the students secured positions in the following locations:

  • Elliot Sabatella — national security and defense at UK Ministry of Defence, Bristol, UK

  • Jack Conway — blacksmithing and knife crafting at Cape Cod Cutlery, Marston Mills, MA

  • Jacob Valmore — aerospace engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and the Goddard Space Center in Maryland

  • Emma Fenton -- community well-being through art at C.R.E.A.T.E. Studios in Saratoga Springs and Schenectady

  • Kathleen Rembish — the business of fashion at Nicole Miller in New York City

  • Suzanne More-Straton — marine biology at NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Protected Species Branch, Woods Hole, MA

  • Lydia Pendergast — public media at WMHT/WEXT

  • Tyler Grubb — baking and running a small business at Dolce & Biscotti Fine Italian Bakery

  • Jordan Weiss — alternative and holistic health practices at The Garden and A New Leaf, both in Saratoga Springs.

  • Julie Stuart — emergency response services at Saratoga Springs City Fire Department

  • Lily Sattler — psychology at the department of Psychology and Neuroscience at Skidmore College

  • Laura Howe — music therapy at the Wildwood School in Schenectady, Eddy Daybreak in Rensselaer, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston

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