In our school-to-career program, we help students think about their interests, talents and skills and how they can be applied in the workplace. What skills do they already have? What academic areas really excite them? What would be the best businesses or organizations where they could put those skills to work? Whether it’s programming, public speaking, knowledge of social networking channels or artistic talent, an internship is a great way to apply those skills, make professional contacts and “try on a career.”
Over the last two decades we have been privileged to place students and their younger siblings, such as Ahrav, on summer internships. We loved his enthusiasm as he described his passion for debate and began to think how he could apply those skills on an internship.
Research is an important skill students learn by participating on high school Science and Debate Teams. Research is needed in many fields and can be very useful at a startup. We matched Ahrav to two terrific mentors, Turner and Carolyn at Beagle Learning, an Educational Technology startup at the Learnlaunch accelerator in Boston.
In his journal, Ahrav wrote: I really like talking to all the people there, observing how the company operates and working on all the cool projects.”
His responsibilities included:
● Making/interpreting and coding algorithm to categorize questions
● Compiling a list of dozens of universities and professors to contact
● Writing descriptions of how they teach, their goals of teaching to determine if they can potentially use Beagle
● Finding articles/forums/blogs useful to Beagle for potential professors
● Talking to Turner and Jeff about how data is compiled and used at Beagle and then seeing programs they use
● Being part of Beagle meetings/updates
An interesting STEM internship for a very bright young man who loved being on his debate and science teams...internshipconnection.com