Kimberly Schor, Online STEM Educator, arranged a mentor meeting with Steve Waddell for two of her students who have been placed in paid internships through CTeL’s Paid Internship Program. Not surprising, there was much laughter and fun as interns Kiara and Landon asked questions, shared ideas and worked through the process they will use to do their intern work with Steve and Kim.
“This is a real internship. You are helping businesses solve problems. You are taking your new STEM skills you learned in class and using them to help others, and honestly, it does not get any more real than this.” Mrs. Schor said to her students as the meeting kicked off.
BSO (Branson Online School – Branson CO) students Kiara and Landon are getting immersed in the real world with some very real-world problems as they step up and show they have what it takes to work in STEM careers. The internships during this spring semester.
Kiara’s internship is with a company in Kansas City. An established company who wants add growth by attracting more young millennial business within a focused geographical space. Kiara’s challenge is to analyze the company’s web presence. Then develop additional strategies and actions they can take to improve the company’s messaging to the target audience. She plans to include in her action items how to leverage website inbound and outbound social media approaches to support an expanded marketing effort. Kiara’s course work, newly earned industry credentials, and entrepreneurial spirit positions her well for this internship.
Landon is working with an international mobile app and game design competition. He is working with the competition management to improve how the competitors engage with the competition through the main website. Landon is helping to devise strategies to increase the awareness of this competition to High School STEM programs. Part of Landon’s internship includes collaborating with interns in Olathe Kansas and Covina California. Landon completed the industry web design course at BSO and like his online classmate Kiara, also earned an industry certification in web design. Landon’s interest in IT, Gaming and Web Design all come together for him in this internship.
CTeL’s Paid Internship Program is a free program facilitated by CTeLearning.com. CTeL has partnered with dozens of companies to offer paid internships to students who have completed STEM career studies and have been recommended for an internship by their educator.