Tony Shen, class of 2008
Describe the summer of your junior year in high school.
Well, I did a lot of nothing. I stayed up late surfing the web, I woke up late, sometimes with migraines, and I spent a lot of time in front of the television. I played a lot of basketball, which was fun, but after that, the day usually just went downhill. I couldn’t wait for school to start up again. I wanted to travel and do things around the city, but I was BROKE! I looked for a job for the longest time, but no one was really hiring or was interested in my abilities.
What happened during the summer of your senior year?
To start off, I was actually informed about an internship possibility at state street corporation by my PIC office coordinator, and went through an interview and application process. I got the job, and looked forward to working in the WMS department, which was something I was interested in. I learned a lot from my job, including how to work in a team environment, how to use the JAVA computer program, and how to effectively build and maintain websites with extensive databases. I still was able to play basketball and enjoy myself, but in addition I felt like I had a purpose in life and was making something of myself. It was a life changing experience.
There are proposed budget cuts in
This cannot happen, for sure. I wouldn’t wish my junior year, which was filled with inactivity and hopelessness, on my worst enemy. Having an internship as a high school student is very empowering, and made me, and surely other people, focus on potential future employment and aspirations. This doesn’t only negatively affect the students, but also the employers, who I feel benefit from our presence in the workplace. They are happy to teach us and share their knowledge, and sometimes we can do things that they cannot.
Julian Jean-Pierre, class of 2010
Julian Jean-Pierre is currently a senior at the prestigious
Rondale Davis, class of 2010
Tell me about your internship experiences?
I was lucky enough to get an internship in 11th grade at Bank Of America through my PIC Office Coordinator. It was an amazing experience in which I learned about banking and account management. Not only was this helpful in terms of knowledge in the field of experience, but also helped me learn new things about my own bank account and allowed me to educate my friends and family. It was by far my most productive summer, and I felt like I was really going places in life. It was the first job I had ever held, and I felt like I excelled at it. However, because of the recession and such, I was actually unable to get an internship for this summer. All of the positions I applied for were much more competitive than ever before, and all of the spots seemed to be very limited. I cannot understand why it was not the governor’s priority to help us students. I find that us getting jobs can’t hurt anyone, and it keeps us out of trouble. I really need a job and some money before I go to college. It will look very bad on my resume if I am inactive for the entire summer and maybe for the entire year.
Have you done anything to combat this shortage of jobs?
No, but what can I do? I haven’t really heard of anyone or any type of program that is trying to help people like me.
There were marches at the state house and student led rallies that opposed budget cuts to school-to-career programs. Why didn’t you attend them?
No one ever let me know what was going on, I only heard whispers about it in the paper and on the news. Besides, who would actually listen to me?