Albion intern program connects students with many work experiences

Photos by Tom Rivers: Bailey Maier is pictured with his display board highlighting his internship this past semester with The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center in Albion and the Genesee/Orleans Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse. He is one of 23 students who worked with local businesses and organizations for his internship. Maier worked with the prevention unit at GCASA and the with a social worker and Alzheimer’s Unit at The Villages. He wants to be a clinical psychologist.

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 2 June 2017 at 3:38 pm

ALBION – Albion High School celebrated a successful semester of its internship program this morning. The 23 students in the program all created displays highlighting their experiences.

In addition to going to their work sites four days a week, students spent a class each week at Albion High School polishing their resumes, doing mock interviews and working on other career issues, such as going over time management, conflict resolution, communication skills and importance of showing initiative. Students also explored social media sites for careers, such as LinkedIn. They also started building a professional digital portfolio.

Albion started a career-to-work program 20 years ago. The program has grown to more than 20 businesses or organizations off campus, as well as placements with the school district.

This semester the interns included Blake Aina, Emilie Barleben, Lauren Becht, Shannon Broda, Jacob Buzard, Cody Catlin, Kendall Eibl, Owen Foos, Elizabeth Furmanski, Samantha Hollenbeck, Freeman Lattin, Bailey Maier, Calandra Prentice, Shelby Restivo, Vivian Rivers, Donato Rosario, Karina Rosario, Skyler Smith, Evan Steier, Jessiqua Underwood, Laurence’ Walker, Savanah Wirth and Stephen Zayac.

Savanah Wirth did her internship with the surgical services unit at Medina Memorial Hospital. She observed surgeries in the operating room, scrubbing in and wearing a mask. “It was a test to see if I had the stomach for it, and I loved it.” Wirth is headed to Niagara University for the pre-med program. She wants to be an orthopedic surgeon.

The partner agencies include: Albion Central School District staff, Albion Police Department, Baxter in Medina, SUNY Brockport SBDC (Small Business Development Center), COVA (Central Orleans Volunteer Ambulance), ECMC – Pharmacy Department, GCASA (Genesee Council on Alcoholism and Substance Abuse), Keeler Construction Company, Medina Fire Department, Medina Memorial Hospital, Medina Railroad Museum, Orleans Community Health – Urgent Care site in Albion, Orleans County Crime Victim Assistance Program, Orleans County Emergency Management Services, PAWS (People for Animal Welfare Society), RAPA (Rochester Association of Performing Arts), Sodexo Food Services, The Medicine Shoppe, The Villages of Orleans Health & Rehabilitation Center, and the Village of Albion Clerk’s Office.

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