In the ‘real world’

Minot High School sophomores and juniors have an opportunity to learn about the world of work through internships at businesses in the community this summer.

Pam Stroklund, vocational education director, said she has put up informational posters asking interested students to talk with their school counselors and apply for an internship by April 1.

Last summer several students participated in internships of varying lengths and were able to earn half a credit. Some of the unpaid internships were 75 hours; others were paid and for longer periods.

Tyler Steenerson worked at the Ward County Courthouse; Jordan Busch worked at Michael J. Photography; Zdenek Skalicky worked at Main and Holmes Electric; Ashley Backes worked with a meteorologist at KMOT; Cheyenne Joyner worked at Head Start; Haley Wentz had an internship with the Northern Plains Writing Workshop; and Emily Score had an internship at the Humphrey Law Office.

Requirements varied for each of the internships, but most of the students were required to interview for the internship and sign a job training agreement that specified what their responsibilities would be during the internship and how long they would work.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Skalicky, who spent time in the shop and out in the field. He was permitted to do some wiring work during his time at Main and Holmes Electric.

Busch, during his time at Michael J.’s, edited some of the senior pictures, painted backdrops that were used in the senior pictures. He also spent some time doing office work.

“I had to call a lot of people to come pick up their photos,” said Busch.

Backes, working behind the scenes at KMOT, worked on computer graphics and also spent some of her time typing temperatures into a form to be used on the weather map. She didn’t get to be on the air.

Steenerson spent a lot of time filing papers at the courthouse, but he said watching the lawyers interact was enlightening.

Joyner did most of the work that teachers of young children do at Head Start, working with kids throughout the day.

Wentz participated in a writing workshop with other students who were mainly K-12 teachers. Like them, she developed a portfolio filled with writing samples.

Score, who already works at the Humphrey Law Office, had a chance to do more specific tasks during the internship.

Students can pick an area they’d like to work in and the school will approach employers and try to set it up, said Stroklund.

Students said the internships gave them a chance to see what it’s really like to work in a specific field and to decide if that’s what they really want to do.

The Minot Public School is funding the internship program.