- Cherry Creek School District No. 5
CCSD Summer: High school students begin executive internship program
Students from high schools across the Cherry Creek School District have begun a summer executive internship program, matching students with careers in healthcare, hospitality and more.
The program connects students to internships at local organizations such as Visit Aurora, Family Animal Hospital and Sky Ridge Medical Center and provides career readiness skills through group seminars and one-on-one coaching. The students meet at the Cherry Creek Innovation Campus (CCIC), which provides career and technical education during the school year as well as project-based summer programming.
Mike Wadleigh, Partner of Industry at the CCIC, works with the executive internship students to gain valuable skills such as working in a team, communication and navigating challenges in the workplace.
“You will have an opportunity to learn a lot,” Wadleigh said to the group. “Make sure you tell the people you work with what kinds of things you want to learn so you can grow.”
In addition to completing their internship tasks, students will complete assignments over the next few months such as writing a letter to their internship mentor. The program is designed to help students gain experience in professional environments and help them learn more about what they might pursue after graduating high school.
Sam Chess, a rising senior at Cherry Creek High School, is excited for his internship at Visit Aurora.
“I want to major in business and try something new,” Chess said. “I come from a family of doctors and lawyers and I’m excited to take a path that’s different.”
Incoming senior at Cherokee Trail High School Dhoon Shah will be interning at Centennial Hospital.
“I want to become a psychologist,” Shah said. “After taking the behavioral health class at the CCIC, I learned I was really interested in how the brain works and want to help people.”
John Lim, who will be a senior at Grandview High School this fall, is interning at GradePower Learning. He is excited by learning as much as he possibly can.
“I want to go to college and probably graduate school,” Lim said. “I like to learn and there’s so much people can teach you. There’s so much this world can offer and I don’t want constraints.”