APS Seniors Thank Internship Sponsors for Sharing their Passions

By Kim Wisneski, APS Executive Internship Program Coordinator

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 150 family members, district counselors and administrators celebrated students who interned throughout the community while students thanked their sponsors for the knowledge and experience gained this semester.

During the event, students were presented with various awards, including $1,500 in scholarships donated by EIP Advisory Board members and sponsors. Students Brooklynn Hopkins and Chloe Cubbison each earned a $750 scholarship. President’s Volunteer Service Awards were also presented. Bronze awards for 100 hours of community service went to 10 students and silver awards (175 hours) were presented to 16 students. The 250+ hour Gold Awards were presented to Angel Broadus, Andrea Burba, Joshua Cedillos, Sarahi Granados, Jada Green, Olympia Salazar, Emma Thomas, Kassia Wisneski, and Kaitlyn Yoder.

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. Students were also able to network with employers throughout the evening. The event went smoothly thanks to masters of ceremonies Ethan Applegate and Yucheng Zhang.

Executive Intern Denzil Afriyie, a 2015 graduate, returned to speak to the audience about his experiences which included internships at Lockheed Martin and Harley Davidson. Afriyie attributed his participation in the Executive Internship Program as a launching point for these opportunities. 

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.

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Photos courtesy of Coordinators Kerry Smith and Kim Wisneski