CJ student Donald MacLeod ‘22 has spent the last five months as an intern working in Dayton Children’s IT department. He is part of a program at the Strategic Ohio Council of Higher Education (SOCHE), and not only is he gaining valuable experience, he also is getting paid for his work. The program, SOCHEintern, is highly competitive and in order to obtain a position, students must receive a satisfactory assessment on the SOCHE Employability Readiness Skills Evaluation, as completed by his guidance counselor Megan Fink. Donald was evaluated in areas such as teamwork, communication, critical thinking, positive attitude and more.
As a result of his positive evaluation, he was offered a position with Dayton Children’s IT department, where he works 6 to 15 hours per week. The hours are flexible, allowing him to work around his school schedule and activities such as Eagle Pride. According to Donald, “This has been a great opportunity- I have a paying job and am learning a lot about IT. It’s been great working in different parts of the hospital and learning how IT supports the hospital and seeing what tools are needed to keep up to date on technology.”
Recently he participated in a video project for SOCHE and discussed what the opportunity has meant to him and how he would encourage other students to take advantage of this program. According to Morgan Plummer, Enterprise Program Manager at SOCHE, the video will be used for promoting the program to other students as well as supporting SOCHE’s quest to obtain federal grant money, including funds that would allow them to expand the SOCHEintern program.
Added Meg Draeger, CJ STEMM coordinator, "SOCHE's partnership with CJ in their high school internship program is a valuable one for our school. We hope the number of available positions in the overall program, at a variety of employers and in a variety of career fields, will grow, and enable more CJ students to take on such positions and experience the world of work while still in high school."
For more information on the SOCHEintern program, visit their website.