MEREDITH — Three seniors at Inter-Lakes High School are starting their year off on the right foot, making sure that they know just exactly what they want to do when they graduate.
Anna Brown is interning at Booty Family Farm, a second generation family-owned certified organic farm in Center Sandwich, which is dedicated to producing the highest quality vegetables and maple syrup.
John Findlay is interning with both Kathleen Hill in the Inter-Lakes Middle Tier Drama Club and Emily Eynon, Inter-Lakes band and music. Findlay helps the drama club with play try-outs, acting and set-up. He also helps the music department with underclassmen who need extra help and often helps to teach the classes.
Lydia Swedberg is focused on Interior Design and perhaps Industrial Design in college. She is interning at Interiors by Randi in Moultonborough. Interiors by Randi is a private, full-service "mini design center" that services clients in the Lakes Region and has expanded throughout Massachusetts.
Each intern is gaining new knowledge of the industry that they chose. They are determining, from hands-on experience, if this is the correct career choice for them.
"I have to say that in visiting the business sites when the students are there and talking one-on-one with the students and supervisors, all three seniors have chosen internships that compliment their interests. What a great program we have to allow these students the opportunity to have this experience before they graduate", says Career Partnership Program Director, Rhonda Hanaway.
The Greater Meredith's Career Partnership Program is a resource in the guidance department and offers one day job shadows; internships; a guest speakers' bureau; volunteer and community service opportunities; and a one-day job fai.
Last year 30 students completed internships in various industries and 50 students took advantage of one-day job shadowing opportunities. The Greater Meredith Program (GMP), an award winning Main Street Program, is a community development organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors, seeking to enhance economic vitality, historical and cultural heritage, and town-wide beautification.