Each year St. Anne's-Belfield School's Senior Internship program provides students with real-world work experience that helps them explore interests, develop skills, and create connections within the local community. Members of the Class of 2018 interned at local news agency Charlottesville Tomorrow, with the Tom Sox baseball team, in marketing and advertising firms, with caterers, at medical facilities, and much more.
Throughout May, students spent approximately 50 hours at their internships, contributing meaningfully to the work of their chosen organizations and then presenting their experiences to the Upper School community.
For Jaicyn London, an internship at the University of Virginia Children's Hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was an opportunity to learn first-hand about nursing prior to matriculating at the University of Pittsburgh next fall to enter its nursing program.
"Going to nursing school, I am excited to find an area of nursing that I would like to specialize in," said London. "I know that whatever area I do decide to specialize in, I want it to involve working with children. This internship has reaffirmed to me that I do want to work with children and that the NICU is now a place that I can one hundred percent say I would love to work in."
For Nic Kent, a relationship with former travel baseball coach Jeff Burton led to his senior internship with the Tom Sox, Charlottesville's premier summer baseball league team. He spent much of his time with the team researching sabermetric systems and other technologies the Tom Sox could use this coming summer. A future collegiate athlete, Kent used his internship to get a glimpse of his summers to come.
"During the summers when I'm at U.Va., I will be playing in similar leagues to the one the Tom Sox are in," he said. "I knew that this type of technology was out there, but I didn't know how to use it or what it meant. When I am able to use these things in the next few years, I will be able to fully understand them."
Max Krupnick's internship at Charlottesville Tomorrow was a logical extension of his interest in journalism and local news. Having completed a Capstone Thesis contrasting the coverage of the 1924 Johnson-Reed Act in a local Pittsburgh Jewish newspaper and The New York Times, Krupnick also freelanced as a Daily Progress reporter in the past but he doesn't plan to pursue journalism as a career. He does, however, strongly encourage all high school students to dabble in it.
"Reporting gives students a whole new lens through which to see their community and the wider world, increasing awareness and bursting social bubbles," said Krupnick. "Local news aims to educate people about their city, something I would love to do before going off to college. I also wanted to experience the feel of a smaller newsroom, rather than the large staff of papers to which I have contributed in the past."
Despite the differences in their experiences, all three students emphasized the value of the Senior Internship program as a meaningful close to their Upper School careers.
"Senior Internships serve as a wonderful opportunity for seniors to dive into a new field, explore one of their interests in high school, or test out a potential career," said Krupnick. "This is a great program!"