The Aurora Public Schools Executive Internship Program recently hosted the Sponsor Appreciation Dinner and Ceremony to thank individuals and businesses that welcomed interns this semester. An audience of 175 family members, district counselors and administrators celebrated students who interned throughout the community and their sponsors.
During the event, students were presented with various awards, including $1,000 in scholarships donated by EIP Advisory Board members and sponsors. Students Kourtney Grunlien and Emily Hanrehan each earned a $500 scholarship. President’s Volunteer Service Awards were also presented. Bronze awards for 100 hours of community service went to 24 students. Silver awards (175 hours) were presented to Scott Bradford, Dah Bu, Alexis Duran, Fernando Garcia, Kyrie Moriarity, Nalleli Sanchez, Amy Willett and Ayana Zemeriaz Rodriguez. Gold awards (250 hours) were presented to Jasmyn Cella, Sabrina Comer, Hoa Dao and Genesis Marrero.
One by one, interns came to the stage to thank their sponsors, tell about their internships and share their future plans as parents and families looked on with pride. The evening went smoothly thanks to student-selected hosts Steffi Omadio and Shane Wisneski who welcomed students to the stage and Joshua Lucero who provided technical support.
The Executive Internship Program boasts partnerships with top-notch businesses, hospitals, schools, city services, police, veterinary services and many more. Over the course of a semester, interns volunteer approximately 100 hours with their sponsors and attend an additional 60 hours of instructional time in the classroom to learn workplace skills. Sponsors provide students with real-world experiences and opportunities to “test drive” career fields before committing time and money toward college preparation.
The program has great sponsors and is always looking for more. If you or a business you know is interested, please contact Kim Wisneski at 303-344-4910, ext. 27745. Students interested in interning should contact their school counselor.
Photos provided by Elemintal Photography