One of the best ways for high school students to grow and gain skills is through internships that provide opportunities for real life work experience. Every summer, HYSB places Housatonic Valley Regional High School students with local non-profits for internship experiences. The program exposes students to the work environment and the invaluable services that area non-profit organizations contribute to the community. This year, HYSB placed summer interns at Habitat for Humanity, Noble Horizons, Sharon Audubon, Sharon Land Trust and the Sharon Playhouse. At the end of 120 placement hours, each student receives a stipend donated by community organizations and individuals.
Habitat For Humanity
Anthony is an incoming senior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School who had an internship with Habitat for Humanity. Anthony’s experience is unique in that he gained experience in all facets of running Habitat, from building homes in the community, to database management, to helping with its large Habitat sale held at Hotchkiss each year. Anthony learned that often in non-profit organizations, one job serves many functions and purposes to help the organization run smoothly.
Charlotte is an incoming junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School who worked at Noble Horizons in their Memory Care unit as a recreation aid. Charlotte regularly played piano for the residents, planned and ran her own programming and forged relationships with the residents of Noble Horizons. Charlotte also assisted the recreational aid staff with data management for each of the residents on the unit.
Mia is an incoming junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School who interned at the Sharon Playhouse this summer on its production of Beauty and The Beast. Mia worked as an assistant stage manager backstage during rehearsals and during the two-week long production. She helped the actors with costumes and was responsible for prop management and placement throughout the show. Her role backstage was invaluable to the cast and helped make for a seamless show!
Eli is an incoming junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School who spent this summer working at the Sharon Audubon Summer Camp. Eli worked with both the younger and older groups of campers as an assistant camp counselor. He helped lead groups of campers on hikes, identifying and educating them about animals and facilitating games throughout the day. Eli’s love of outdoors and working with children made this the perfect internship for him!
Sharon Land Trust
Emerson is an incoming junior at Housatonic Valley Regional High School who worked with the Sharon Land Trust this summer, and helped the Housatonic Valley Association in crossover projects throughout Sharon and the Housatonic area. His work supported their efforts to protect the scenic, recreational and natural environment of this region.
HYSB offers our heartfelt thanks to the community organizations and individual donors who provided funding for the student stipends, and to the community non-profits that provided life-expanding summer experiences to our students. Your generosity and support is invaluable to the HYSB Student Internship Program.