Students’ internships

Yesterday I went to get a haircut. On my way back, looking through the window at our local Public Access studio, I saw two of my students. I waved and they eagerly motioned for me to come inside.

In the spring, to promote our genocide awareness event (the culmination of a six-week interdisciplinary unit on genocide), my co-worker/friend Shannon and I were invited, along with five students, to promote the event on a local radio station. The students were interviewed on air about what they’d learned during the unit, what is currently happening in Darfur, and our event. For three students, this led to summer internships at both the radio station and our local Public Access station.

They met me at the side of the building and, after I signed in, they gave me a tour. They showed me a number of rooms in the studio (which has multiple floors and is a lot bigger than I imagined!), the equipment they are learning to use, and a number of projects they’ve been working on. In addition to interviewing, filming, and editing (using Final Cut Pro), they’ve gotten to go to swanky radio show conferences/events in Boston.

The woman in charge of their internships told me that they are the best interns she’s ever had and it must have something to do with our school. By the time I left, I was beaming–I’m so proud of them! It also made me feel pretty good that they were so excited to see me and catch up.

I have never needed a break from something as much as I did this summer. But I wonder what it means that one of the best moments so far has been the 45 minutes I spent with my students?

2 Responses to “Students’ internships”

  1. Nancy Borders-Wing Says:

    Are you aware of the Jewish World Project for Darfur. They give 2 solar cookers (cardboard-foiled cooker plus a cooking pot) to woman of Darfur for $30. My elementary class may be trying to raise money for this project. At my Ethical Society, we raised over
    $750 on one Sunday to send cookers to Darfur. Since your students were doing this unit, you may know about it already. If you need more information, let me know. Keep the recipes coming. Love the pictures as well, very helpful.

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