Class of 2017 Senior Internships
It is an express mission of both RHP and Ren to prepare its students for college and beyond. As part of the efforts to fulfill this mission, all seniors must complete a two week internship as part of the graduation requirement. Each student is given close and detailed guidance to ensure that they are matched with a valuable and relevant internship.
In order for them to complete a successful internship, seniors are asked to observe professionals at work; assist with any tasks they can accomplish; responsibly follow orders and fulfill commitments; show interest and enthusiasm for their chosen field; practice business etiquette; and learn new skills. The seniors conclude their internships by presenting their experience to middle school students back on campus.
The class of 2017 participated in a diverse and impressive array of internships this year.
Rafi Bernal served his internship at Northrop Grumman Corporation; an American global aerospace and defense technology company. There he was assigned to the I&T team on the JWST satellite and was able to shadow engineers as they worked on the project. Rafi said that this experience was invaluable in getting to know the field of aerospace engineering, both the pros of working in an innovative and exciting field, and the cons of the long hours and the limit of government funding.
Another senior, Bria Booth, worked in UCI’s infectious diseases research lab where they took samples of sera to test for reactions to proteins and antibodies. Bria’s duties included preparing slides for the research team and assisting with E. Coli DNA extraction and gels as well as run and export Mircoarrays of the slides.
Hanna Soroush was thrilled to have the opportunity to work in film production with a professional in digital media. Her mentor Spencer Balliet, who previously worked on the production team for South Park, took her on filming shoots, taught her how to set up lighting and camera equipment, and provided her the opportunity test her hand at social media marketing.
Whether students were running social media campaigns for non-profits, or learning that being a professional artist requires a great deal more than painting, it’s clear that spending some time in the work-force is essential for students as they begin their journey through college. Through this experience, graduating seniors learn how to navigate the professional world, while becoming further inspired to pursue their chosen field.