Springfield students learn resume, interview skills at internship fair

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

Three Clark County schools participate in Internship Day 2018 to help students prepare for the work force.

Credit: DaytonDailyNews

About 40 students from three school districts spent time polishing their resumes for potential internships with Clark County employers this summer.

Students gathered at The Dome, formerly Springfield South High School, as part of an annual program to prepare them for internships with local companies this summer, said Sarah Lemon, of Springfield’s CareerConnedED Center. Employers from companies like Woeber Mustard, McGregor Metalworking and Benjamin Steel provided students with tips on interviewing skills and discussed local job opportunities.

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“The students are meeting with local businesses with the hopes of being hired this summer for an internship,” Lemon said.

Students from the Clark-Shawnee Local Schools, Springfield City School District and Global Impact STEM Academy in Springfield participated.

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Jeannie Seery, a human resources manager at McGregor Metalworking, said the internship day benefits both sides. Companies get an opportunity to attract their future workforce, while students learn more about the opportunities available locally.

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“We see the benefit of doing the internships and what it can do long-term for companies,” Seery said. “We have been able to retain some employees out of the interns and we see a lot of value helping these young students grow and progress.”

Students may look elsewhere for jobs after graduating from college, so Seery said students have a better chance of coming back home to work if they’re familiar with Clark County companies.

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Joshua Snee, a junior at Springfield High School, said he’ll be applying for internships this summer to get job experience before college. He said he’s interested in marketing but isn’t completely sure what other career options are available.

“I’m just trying to figure out where I want to fit in and what I want to do when it comes to careers,” Snee said.