On Monday, 110 students were matched with paid summer internships at 38 local businesses during Match Day at Mobile County Public Schools’ Central Office.
This is Mobile County Public Schools’ second year to sponsor these internships, which will help prepare our students to be college and career ready. Thanks to more participation by local businesses, the number of internships has increased over last year.
Larry Mouton, MCPSS’ Assistant Superintendent of Workforce Development, said the internships are part of a process started six years ago, when the system forged partnerships with local businesses and industries to create its high school Signature Academy programs.
“These businesses and industries step up and offer the kids a chance to work in the environment with professionals and learn new skills,” Mouton said. “Every aspect of business and industry you can think of, we’ve got students who are interested, we’ve got careers right here – we’ve got them in this room – and we’ll continue to work to make sure our kids can be successful.”
Davidson student Jamie Newsome, who got matched with local architecture and engineering firm Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, hopes the internship will be a step toward a future career.
“I’m planning on doing engineering in college and, in the future, as a career,” said Newsome, a member of Davidson’s Engineering Pathways Integrated Curriculum (EPIC) program. “So it really means a lot to me just because it’s such a great opportunity to not only gain experience but gain connections.”
One of the businesses on hand Monday, Outokumpu Stainless, has offered internships to MCPSS students for the past three years, and some of those students have gone on to full-time employment with the company. On Monday, Outokumpu provided internships for 15 students.
“We give them an opportunity to learn and see the full process,” said Sean Rowser, Human Resource Specialist at Outokumpu. “They’ll be on small projects at first, and then they’ll work their way up, depending on the capability of the student. It slowly grows into what the student’s capable of.”
Students will begin their internships next month.