Nadav, a sophomore at Newton South High School, has many interests including dog breeding, cartooning and photography. This past summer, he thought that an experience related to his love of cooking might be interesting. In order to expose Nadav to the idea that food can relate to business, he was placed with a young mentor/entrepreneur who has created a cooking school for children.
Nadav describes the benefits of his experience, “My cooking skills have definitely improved. I cooked a two-course meal for my family. Also, the internship helped me see all of the things that go into running a business, for example, appliances, buying food, hiring employees, etc.”
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.”