All About Internships


Cami Deakins (Senior), editor

One of the many privileges of becoming a senior, besides leaving for lunch, is the opportunity for members of the senior class to take Work Based Learning, or in simpler terms, an internship. The internship you would take would be similar to job shadowing, but more on the job side of things.

“I love my internship at the hospital because it has really helped me focus on the career path I want to take. I knew before this that I wanted to be in the health care field, but I wasn’t sure what specific path would intrigue me the most. Now I know I want to go more on the surgeon side of the hospital rather than a nurse,” said senior Ella Taylor.

What most seniors do is think about a career path that they are leaning towards going to college for, then talk to their school counselor about possible internship opportunities in Lebanon or even Whitestown and Zionsville. The ‘class’ is called work-based learning and takes the place of two classes in your schedule.

“I want to focus more on the marketing side of business, so I have an internship at the Boone County Community Foundation, which I really enjoy. I like how the school offers the work-based learning experience because I think it is extremely beneficial for seniors focusing on their possible future career path. I know some seniors who have changed their internship halfway through the year because they realized it wasn’t what they wanted to do, which is what the program is there for,” said senior Abbie Thomas.

Each internship varies as far as attendance, dress requirements, and other assignments. Because it is an internship, it’s kind of like a job where you are learning how to do it, but you don’t get paid. Some seniors are required to dress nicer than others, some might have interviews, projects, or be assigned something to work on. Every internship is different, so it’s best to think about what would interest you.

“My internship is all the way in Zionsville but I’m very glad I took one. I feel like it gives the students real-world experiences without being shoved into it,” said senior Addison Cupka.