Summer Interns

Summer Interns Contribute Talents, Learn on the Job
Posted on 07/10/2019

With their future careers in mind, eight college students, one recent college graduate, and one high school student took advantage of the summer months to gain hands-on experience through an internship with the Douglas County School System.  

Executive Director of Human Resources Jill DePriest said, “The internship program was implemented to invest in a meaningful way in the future of students, providing them skills that they will be able to take with them into their future careers. Throughout the summer, each intern has played an important role working alongside their department.”  

Interns spent their time and talents with one of six different departments, including Technology, Human Resources, Special Education, Title I, School Nutrition, and Communications. 

For many, internships are the first taste of what work in their field could look like. John Brown, a Douglas County High School 2018 graduate and intern with the Technology Department, said “Starting off in computer science, I knew an internship would prepare me for a career in the field and improve my resume.” While applying for any job in today’s competitive economy, interns can add a nice boost to their resume. 

John Brown in Technology

Darian Hector, Justin Fuller and Noah Sullivan, also technology interns, have spent the summer preparing for the upcoming school year by setting up technology in the classrooms, taking inventory, reimaging computers, and helping with the arrival of new student laptops.

Hindmon, Executive Director of Technology said, “Our interns have worked with the members of our department to learn not only about the technology field but the workplace as a whole. No matter what field they go into, they can apply what they have learned.” 

For others, the internship was a chance to work in a community focused environment this summer, as intern Myah Howard has experienced in the Title I Department.

Mackenna Dutcher and Jacob Robertson, interning with the Special Education department, both plan to enter the classroom one day as teachers. Mackenna, a graduate of Alexander High School, is following in the footsteps of her mother in hopes of teaching in elementary special education.  After being diagnosed with autism at an early age, Jacob found meaningful ways to express himself through writing and music. With these talents, Jacob plans to open a fine arts school for kids with special needs, sharing with them his own experiences and passion for fine arts.  

Maci Aikens, a Human Resources intern and Business major, applied for the internship to gain valuable experience working in a business environment. While interning, she notes how comfortable she has felt, “My department has been so nice and welcoming. They always have been eager to help me with whatever I am doing.” For Maci that can mean working as receptionist, scheduling appointments, answering calls, and organizing an extensive library of files.  

Maci Aikens in Human Resources

Adding an internship to her belt before even graduating high school, McKenzey Bailey is a rising junior at Douglas County High School and spent part of her summer interning with the School Nutrition department.  


Elizabeth Blevins, intern in the Communication Department, has enjoyed the variety of roles she has taken on. “I’ve got to test my creativity, design media content, write news articles, and even use my love of history in doing research on the school system.” 


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