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Internships Give Students Look into Real World Careers

Second year students in Mrs. Kreiter’s Sports Medicine class have the opportunity to participate in an internship program. At the beginning of the school year they discuss where they would like to intern, and she contacts the job site and sets it up. Interns will “interview” with their potential supervisors, and discuss their roles and responsibilities.

Interns spend three days a week at the intern site and the other two days are spent in class. In class, interns reflect on their experience and identify areas that need improvement, such as communication and taking initiative. These internships give students a look into “real world” careers and help them make future choices.

Below are details and observations from the students’ internships. Students are finishing up at these sites this week before winter break.

Emma K. from Sandwich interns at Kish Health Physical Therapy Clinic in Sandwich. At her internship Emma sees injuries such as muscle tightness and knee replacements. She has learned how to do ultrasounds, different stretching techniques, she helps patients with their exercises, and read articles on some of the injuries she observes. It has been a great experience.

Emily S. from Plano interns at ATI in Sandwich. She observes physical therapists help their patients with knee problems and back problems. Emily cleans up and helps out with exercises, and keeps the patients company as they do their exercises. She says it has been an interesting experience, and has learned many exercises the patients perform.

Mitch R. from Plano interns at ATI in Yorkville. Mitch says it has been an awesome eye opening experience. It has given him a great amount of hands-on experience and sometimes even one- on-one experience. It has really opened up his options on what career he may choose later on in life. It has helped him out in learning what an actual job would be like and has taught him about many injuries and how you could go about helping patients recover. “I think overall interning has helped me progress my knowledge and experience in the medical field.”

Dillion C. from Sandwich interns at Haskin Elementary in Sandwich with the elementary PE classes. He says it has been a fun and a positive experience. Dillion really enjoyed being with the kids and answering all their questions. Every day he walked out with a smile on his face and couldn’t wait to come back again.

Addison B. from Somonauk interns with Mr. Felton at Somonauk Middle School. He leads PE students through warm ups, he officiates games, does attendance, and explains games. The biggest challenge he faces is keeping the students organized and on task. He enjoys working with younger students.

Brenden M. from Sandwich began this semester at ATI in Sandwich, and is now at ATI Yorkville. He shadows some physical therapists, sets up exercises for patients, supervises patients as they work through their exercises, and has even been exposed to some of the paperwork that is necessary in a PT clinic. He enjoys seeing patients make improvements from the beginning of the rehabilitation process.



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