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 senior Brianna Barthold, the opportunity for her to intern at Motion Sports Medicine gives her physical therapy experience beyond being a patient. “When I was in fifth grade I went to physical therapy for a back injury, and went again for a knee injury in 8th grade. The environment really attracted me to want to work in this field,” Brianna shared. Outside of school Brianna figure skates and enjoys surfing, so having good physical health continues to be of importance to her.
During her time at Motion Sports Medicine, Brianna observes Dr. Marissa Schedler as she guides patients through a series of exercises and movements to help recover from operations and injuries. Brianna would recommend taking on an internship while in high school, stating “I feel like when you're going into college, if you pick a major that you don't really have experience in, you might not be fully confident. [Interning] brings more knowledge so that you have the experience to actually see how everything works.”
We’re thrilled to be able to offer our high school students the opportunity to get such relevant first hand experience within their interested fields. To see students such as Brianna pursuing interests through this internship program brings excitement for their accelerated path towards a worthwhile career.