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Executive Internship Program in Aurora, CO

Senior students have the opportunity to work with a professional in their desired profession. Interns spend 8 to 10 hours a week at their internship site completing work assignments, attending meetings, and developing special projects requested by the sponsor. The intern has the opportunity to make contributions to the organization while achieving personal, academic, and career growth.

Interns are able to schedule classes and still participate in an internship experience on a part-time basis.

Interns spend the first three weeks of the semester attending classes to prepare for the internship. Once students begin their internship, they meet once a week to share and reflect on their experiences. Curriculum for the seminars includes career development, communication skills, problem-solving, leadership, and decision-making skills.

Interns participate in self-assessments and pursue personalized learning plans. Technology is used to assist students in creating and delivering polished presentations. The intern compiles a career portfolio to utilize in the future. Prerequisite: Recommendation of coordinator after application and interview.

The Executive Internship Program is available to Aurora Public Schools students only.

“I can’t express the appreciation that I have for the Executive Internship Program and I tell all my friends with kids in high school about it. What a great way to “try on” a career before investing in the education.”

– Dana DiMarino, parent of Gateway student, Amanda DiMarino, 2014



PROGRAM INFORMATION

Instructor Kim Wisneski

Contact: 303-344-4910, ext 27745 or email kkwisneski@aurorak12.org

Years Teaching: Since 1991

Teaching Background:
Mrs. Wisneski taught Business & Technology courses for 15 years at Hinkley High School where she previously graduated as a proud T-Bird. She began teaching and coordinating the Executive Internship Program at Pickens in 2006. She loves helping students find a career that they will enjoy! Her favorite saying… “Find a job that you love and you’ll never work another day in your life.”

Years in Industry:
Part-time work in business during summers and college.

Industry Background:
Administrative assistant and receptionist for various businesses.

 Certifications and Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science: Business Administration – Colorado State University (1991)
  • Master of Education: Education and Human Resource Studies – Colorado State University (1998)
  • Colorado Teaching License: Business Education
  • Career and Tech Education License: Business and Technology
Instructor Kerry Smith

Contact: 303-344-4910, ext. 27754 or email kesmith@aurorak12.org

Years Teaching: Since 1994

Teaching Background:
Mrs. Smith began her teaching career in physical education at Hinkley before earning her M.Ed. in Educational Technology. She taught in the Hinkley Business and Technology Department for a total of 15 years. She also served as the Athletic and Activities Director for 5 years. In 2017 she began teaching and coordinating in the Executive Internship Program at Pickens. She is excited to help students navigate their options and find the right path to their future.

Years in Industry:
Part-time work in business during summers and college.

Industry Background:
Administrative assistant and bookkeeper for small family business.

Certifications and Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science: Exercise and Sport Science- Colorado State University (1994)
  • Master of Education: Educational Technology – Lesley University (1998)
  • Colorado Teaching License: Physical Education
  • Career and Tech Education License: Business and Technology, Visual and Design Arts

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