When most of us remember internships, we picture days spent doing someone’s “busy work,” usually in an indoor environment.
But that’s all changed in the past several years.
Recently, the Post-Record profiled several Camas students who spent the summer in internships ranging from new inventions to architecture.
After the initial article ran, the paper received an e-mail from Brandy Audette, the mother of a Washougal High School senior, further confirming that internships as we remember them have changed.
Her daughter, Chandler, had just returned from spending a week in the Bahamas working at Dolphin Encounters at Blue Lagoon Island. Audette has aspirations to be a marine biologist and the internship was a “once in a life opportunity,” as her mother, Brandy, puts it.
“Chandler was at a crossroads trying to make decisions for her future and I think taking part in this internship helped cement her goals for the future,” Brandy said. “By being able to work hands-on in a field that she expressed interest in, she was able to get a feel for whether or not this was the right path for her and ease some of the pressure she had been feeling about her life’s direction.”