Inner-city Internship in Culinary Arts

As a sophomore at Concord Carlisle High School, Anna told us that she has always been very interested in the world around her, she lived previously in Costa Rica and was interested in anything “urban related.” We also learned that she was proficient in Spanish and very interested in cooking.

One of the most satisfying aspects of our work at Internship Connection is finding an internship placement that combines a student’s interests. We placed Anna at a non-profit that provides inner-city middle school students from Boston schools with an educational experience that teaches life skills through the art of cooking.

In her journal, Anna writes, “I am responsible for setting up, cleaning up, keeping students in line and leading some instruction during each class. I learn while the kids learn- about technique and preparation. I also realize that I like the atmosphere of the kitchen- fast-paced and organized. I am surprised to discover that I enjoy working with kids. At times, their behavior is frustrating, but I’m gaining confidence to keep them in check. I think we learn a lot from each other. The people I work with only add to this great experience. The chefs who teach are talented and enthusiastic and the director is passionate about the program and its goals.”

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