OR Students Work for Work Experience, Exposure to Career Fields Derick Johnson isn’t sure what he wants to do after high school—yet. But after interning this summer for Ken’s Body and Paint, he has a better idea. “I want to be a photographer or work in an auto body shop—or both,” he said as he sanded the body of a Toyota Land Rover.
there,” he said. “I would give him a shot at learning the trade.”
Resume, Application This summer, the program included students from Bonanza, Hosanna, Triad, Mazama, Henley and Lost River high schools. To participate, students must have completed their freshman year of high school. Students apply to the program like they would a job—creating a resume that includes their GPA and other significant achievements. A committee determines whether the student gets into the program and their placement with a business or organization. “We started it mostly just to teach kids how to be good employees,” said Benji Derick Johnson, a sophomore at Mazama High School, Henslee, internship program sands the body of a Toyota Land Rover. He was an intern at coordinator and business Ken’s Body and Paint for six weeks this summer as part of teacher at Mazama High the Basin Partners Internship Program. Credit: KCSD photo School. “People always say, “I’ve been working on it,” he ‘You have to have experience.’ Well, added, indicating the Rover. “The guy how do you get that experience if you wants a new paint job; he wants it to can’t get a job?” look classic.” Participating businesses allow Johnson has spent the last six interns to learn about a variety of poweeks with A.J. Halda, owner of sitions within their organizations. Ken’s Body and Paint, learning every “We ask the hosts not to just have aspect of the business, from customer them wiping tables for six hours,” service to sanding and painting vehi- Henslee said. cles. Johnson, who will be a sophomore at Mazama High School, is Waders On among 18 Klamath Basin students Nevaeh Nelson and Sierra Niehus, who participated in the Basin Part- as part of their internships at the Tuleners Internship Program. The pro- lake National Wildlife Refuge, put on gram, which started in 2016 as a waders and caught and banded malpartnership between the Klamath lards. County School District, Oregon State “They taught us how to grab University Klamath Basin Research them, put them between our legs and and Extension Service and the South- band their legs,” Nelson said, “and ern Oregon Education Service Dis- then we’d release them.” trict, is open to all students in the Nelson also helped lead canoe Basin. The goal is to provide local trips around the refuge, answered students with work experience and phones and provided information to exposure to career fields. tourists at the front desk. Participants contribute $1,200 Niehus and Nelson spent part of to the program. Of that, the interns their time on the refuge with the earn a $1,000 stipend for interning Youth Conservation Corps, building for 120 to 140 hours over a six-week trails and painting sheds. Nelson, period. who wants to be a zoologist, hopes This was Halda’s first summer to get a job next year with the YCC. participating as a host for the pro“One day, we pulled 600 thisgram. He enjoyed watching Johnson tles,” Nelson told a roomful of parents learn new skills and mature over the and supporters at a recent end-of-theweeks he interned at the shop. year celebration. What she learned: “I think the bang for the buck is “Do NOT touch thistles barehanded.” 10
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Bedside Manner Hunter Cox, a junior at Henley High School, interned with OSU Extension Service’s 4-H program. Among other duties, he organized and set up the small animal barn for the Klamath County Fair. Next year, he plans to do it again—as a volunteer. Cox, who wants to be a pediatric oncologist, said his internship helped him learn tolerability and likely improved his “bedside manner.” The goal of BPIP is to provide students with work experience they can use to apply for jobs outside the program. Ray Holliday, owner of Holliday Jewelry in Klamath Falls, joined the program last summer and hosted his second intern this summer. He believes the program benefits the teenagers it serves. “It helps them see the importance of what they’re learning in school, and they get a taste of the working world,” he said. Further Employment Holliday offered a part-time job dur-
ing the school year to his intern last summer. He has offered a similar position to Steven Luna, his intern this summer. “He’s learned a lot about the inner workings of the business,” Holliday said of Luna. “This program is a great opportunity for students to get work experience, and valued work experience—not just flipping burgers.” Jordan Buckley, 16, was one of two interns at Turn Thom Tire. She mostly interned in the marketing department and helped with customer service, though she spent some time in the shop as well. “It was really outside my personality,” she said of working at Turn Thom. “I’m really girly. But I’m really glad I did. I’m always learning something new.” Hosting Interns Program organizers would like to have more business participation, and at the recent celebration, Henslee encouraged parents and community members to support those businesses See Work Experience, Page 14
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