Briley Butler, North Sevier High School, Internship: Redmond Minerals
My internship at Redmond Minerals has given me the opportunity to learn and grow through hands-on experience. The decision to become an intern was a perfect way for me to explore or "try out" many diverse future business occupations that I have always found intriguing. Typically I job shadow a different employee each day. The assortment of occupations has allowed me to explore all aspects of how a business truly functions. I have enjoyed job shadowing accountants, marketers, secretaries, sales directors, resource managers, and many more individuals. I have learned that although every employee has a different role, team work is crucial and every individual matters. Together the team creates the big picture and reaches the goals of the business. I additionally learned about the importance of recognizing our strengths in our work environment and putting them to use. Each and every individual possess a strength. When teams interlock their strengths together; something great is accomplished.
I am very thankful for the experience I have had to intern this year. This opportunity has given me more knowledge and understanding than I could have ever gained by only sitting in on a class. I enjoy working with others and truly discovering things that I would potential enjoy doing in my future. This has also helped me to search for more ways I could explore business before enrolling in my classes. I encourage everyone to take grasp of this great opportunity to intern and gain real hands-on experience
Shayla Squires, Richfield High School.
Internship: Pahvant Elementary School
Have you ever thought about the future, and who will change the world? I know who, because I have the opportunity of being in the classroom with them two or three times a week. These third graders that I am able to help teach are going to have a lasting effect on the future. At this point in their lives, they are continuing to learn skills they will need throughout high school, college, and everyday life.
I am doing my internship in the field of elementary education. I have been able to work with students one-on-one, helping them learn basic multiplication. Every day, they teach me new things, giving me a different outlook on life. With help from their teacher, my mentor, DeAnn Henrie, I have learned and experienced something not very many student get during their high school years. This learning experience has confirmed for me that I want to be an elementary teacher.
Victoria Greenwood, Richfield High School. Internship: ERA Real Estate
When I first found out that I could take an intern hour I thought I'd do something super cool like a surgical internship but then when I actually thought about it, it sounds way to gross and I also have no plans to go into that field so I decided to do something more realistic. I decided intern for ERA Real Estate instead. I've always loved looking at houses and their interiors so I thought it would be fun. I thought, in the beginning, that all there really was to being a real estate agent was showing houses and telling people to sign on a line. I was pretty far off. I showed up the first day with probably the same level of enthusiasm as a kindergartener headed to school for the first time. I was so excited to go look at houses. When I got there, I sat in a chair in the lobby for about 40 minutes doing what's called "floor time", which is where the agents sit in the office for when clients come in to list or buy houses. On a slow day it consists of sitting in the lobby with all of the agents and the receptionist and visiting; certainly not what I was expecting but I also didn't expect it to be productive until a person came in to list a house on the first day that I was there. I found that people generally come in on a daily basis so floortime wasn't unproductive like I thought, but I found that with several things I had misjudged.
Eventually I got taught about approximately 50 different things real estate agents did from listing houses, property, rentals to managing rentals and working with loan officers and inspectors. It wasn't till a few weeks in that I actually got to go along to show a house. I loved that part. People give you a general description, price range, and any other things they specifically want in a house and you put it into this system that has all of the realtor listed houses and it sorts through to find the closest matches and then we go show them. On a couple of them I was definitely glad I had pepper spray. I didn't have to use it or anything, it just gave me a good piece of mind because ya know, safety first. I work around some of the greatest people that do different things. There's a receptionist, a rental manager, a broker, and about 8 different agents in the office, one of which only does land sales. I had no idea that there were options about what part of real estate to go into. Quite often when I'm showing a house it reminds me of why I want to do things that involve real estate. I love being able to work with people and see different styles of homes.