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.
From the Office of Congressman Suozzi, two of Whitman’s students are gaining worthwhile experience within the political realm. “It’s been very educational, I feel like I’ve learned a lot about the political industry,” shared senior Max Boise whose interest in politics has grown since the most recent presidential election. As a senior, Max is looking to study political science in college. As for sophomore Ria Gandhi, her time interning in the Congressman’s office gives her valuable experience as she looks to pursue her studies in criminal justice.
With the Congressman’s past experience as law clerk to the Chief Judge of the Eastern District, Ria sees this opportunity as an open door for learning more about law and local policies. Ria and Max spend a typical day interning at the offices located just outside of Huntington Village by answering phone calls to help Long Islanders and New Yorkers express their opinions and have their voices be heard. Max and Ria are also given casework and help to organize and assign who can best answer their questions and address any concerns they may have in order to take action. With Max as an active member of DECA and Ria looking to join the Red Cross Club at Whitman, both students maintain a dedicated mindset that is perfect for staying organized and helping others within their community.