High school starts virtual internship program

Asst. Principal Matthew Swenson
Asst. Principal Matthew Swenson
Angel Birge (Source: KAIT-TV)
Angel Birge (Source: KAIT-TV)

CROSS COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - An internship is part of the curriculum for juniors at Cross County High School, but not every industry is represented in the rural community.

So, the high school launched a virtual internship program for their students.

Teachers match each student with a professional in their desired field.

They Skype once a week and work on a project with their mentors for six to eight weeks.

Angel Birge is a junior at Cross County High School, and she's decided she wants to be an interior designer because of the internship she's doing now.

"I kind of understood what it was when I started doing it myself instead of just reading a description online," Birge said.

Assistant Principal Matthew Swenson said it's important for students to start thinking about their futures now.

"And what's super fascinating about it is half the time the kids find out they're not interested in it which is just fine too," Swenson said. "Or they might find out this is what they really love and this is what they want to do for the rest of their lives."

Swenson said they've matched their kids with professionals from 18 different states this year.

But they've had mentors from other countries in the past.

At the end of the internship, the students create a presentation to showcase what they learned.

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