Internships provide a glimpse into student’s futures

People have the opportunity to test drive a car before they buy it, play a piano before purchasing it, but what they may not know is that they have the opportunity to “test drive” their career choice while still in high school.

Internships allow students to spend two class periods discovering what the career they are interested in will actually be like. Interns receive on-site training for the business they are interning with and get to learn the specific skills necessary to go into that particular field. One of the major benefits of doing an internship is the student is able to determine if they like the career, or not, before they spend the time and money to be trained for the job. Interns also receive CTE credit for the class.

Mrs. Peterson, Davis High’s Work-Based Learning Coordinator, said, “I think it is the best thing they can do to explore and “test drive” their chosen career field.  It gives them “on the job training and experience” to draw upon in getting into their programs in college. Seeing “real life” situations in their career fields helps them fine tune their feelings and expectations about their future career.”

Senior Alyssa Stewart is doing an internship at Lakeview Hospital this year. “From what I’ve done so far it seems really exciting,” said Stewart. “ I’m just basically shadowing and following different nurses and different types of positions in the medical field and they’re just going to show me what they do everyday. They put me around in rotations so I get to see a little bit of everything.”

There are over 400 different types of internships. Medical, dental, legal, education, TV Broadcasting, physical therapy, sports medicine, architecture, interior design, accounting, graphic arts, and vet are some of the most popular internships.

To apply for an internship you need to have a minimum 3.0 GPA. If you are interested, pick up an application from the Career Center, fill it out, have a parent sign it, and turn it into the Career Center or Mrs. Peterson’s box in the front office. If you have any questions you can talk to Doris Peterson, Davis High’s Work-Based Learning Coordinator, or visit her website at

Some available Internships:



Any Medical Field


Physical Therapist


Computer Engineer

All Computer Fields

Web Master




Graphic Artist

Public Relations Manager

Sports Marketing





Dental Assisting