Londonderry high school students learn real world skills at NH companies
Londonderry High School senior Mikalya D’Urso, 17, is interning at Fidelity Investments over the summer as part of the Academy of Finance program. The program matches high school students with paying internships in the business and financial field while they earn credits toward their high school diploma. (APRIL GUILMET PHOTO)
Since her classes ended in late June the soon-to-be high school senior has had many experiences while working up to 40 hours per week at Fidelity Investments, a Merrimack firm of some 5,400 employees.
“It was an adjustment in the beginning,” she said. “But I’ve learned so much.”
The national internship program has been available to a select group of Londonderry High students since 2000. Toward the end of their sophomore year, students who’ve indicated an interest in the program begin taking an introductory business course. By junior year, they are eligible to apply for local internships.
Nicholas Flanders is also working at Fidelity this summer. Stephanie Bosteels is working at Keller Williams-Homes of New Hampshire, Brent Bourque is working at the NH School Health Care Coalition, Alexander Forgues is working at Parkland Medical Center, Dillon McKay is at Enterprise Bank and Jordan Tutt is at Triangle Credit Union.
But having interns come on board a bit earlier definitely has its advantages according to Jack Johnson, the company’s senior VP, and Regional Site Leader.
She has her own cubicle and computer to work on, her cubicle being one of the 749 or so others set up in tidy rows on her floor.
D’Urso said the experience has definitely strengthened her desire to study business or finance after she graduates high school this spring.
“A customer has a very different perspective than a worker,” she added. “I’ve learned that. I’ve also learned what my future might look like.”
“A lot of our interns do tend to return our way,” Johnson said. “Some of the past high school interns have interned again while they’re in college. Some have eventually gotten hired here.”
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