This year, Walt Whitman High School started offering internship placements with local businesses within our community. Prior to entering the workforce, internships provide high schoolers with valuable experiences that not only look great on their resumes but it provides them with a taste of what their future career choices will be like. The Whitman High School Internship program is having a strong debut year, with over 20 interns currently placed in 14 different locations. Students are gaining a wide variety of experience, from business to art to healthcare settings.
For Junior Alyssa Burke, interning means receiving an experience of what it means to work in an orthodontist’s office. Located on Jericho Turnpike, Hidden Smiles took Alyssa in as an intern early in the fall and she is learning so much from the exposure. Alyssa has always shown an interest in becoming an orthodontist ever since she got braces herself. “I was excited to get my braces on and to see how straight my teeth were when they came off. I thought ‘I would love to do that for other people’,” Alyssa shared while reflecting on her inspiration for choosing this site in particular.
On a typical day at Hidden Smiles, Alyssa greets patients while doing temperature checks, and when it comes time for them to see Dr. Mita Parikh, Alyssa helps to sterilize and prepare the tools she needs for her appointments. Alyssa finds this experience to be extremely valuable as she learns the functions of specific tools and the different terminology used in the office setting. She sees how interning allows students her age to get a better idea of future career paths and exploring personal interests. Alyssa is a member of the National Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, and plays on the Girls Varsity Tennis team in the Fall.