Story submitted by Kerry Smith
The Aurora Public Schools Executive Internship Program (EIP) recently hosted its annual Sponsor Appreciation Dinner and Ceremony to thank individuals and businesses that welcomed interns this semester. Nearly 300 family members, district counselors and administrators celebrated the interns and their sponsors.
During the ceremony, students accepted various awards, including $1,500 in scholarships donated by EIP Advisory Board members and sponsors. Therese Dungo, Hermela Lemma and Kassia Wisneski each earned a $500 scholarship. President’s Volunteer Service Awards were also presented. Bronze awards for 100 hours of community service went to 46 students and silver awards (175 hours) were presented to five students, Angel Broadus, Naomi Cohoon, Hermela Lemma, Nurto Mohammed and Kassia Wisneski.
One by one, interns stepped up to the podium to thank their sponsors, tell about their internships and share their plans for the future plans as their parents and families looked on with pride. The evening went smoothly thanks to student-selected hosts Quintin Gustin, Hermela Lemma, Emma Thomas and Kandace Wilkins.
The EIP 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, visit pickenstech.org/programs/executive-internship or contact EIP Program Director and Coordinator Kim Wisneski at 303-344-4910, ext 27745. Students interested in interning should contact their school counselor.