One-Week Internship Helps Local Middle School Students Discover the Connections Between Their Education and Their Future

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MADISON HEIGHTS, Mich. – Middle school students at Four Corners Montessori Academy (FCMA) in Madison Heights, Michigan got a taste of professional life by recently participating in a one-week Internship Program. For the fourth straight year, FCMA collaborated with businesses, organizations, schools, and local district courts to provide opportunities for 8th-grade students. Students job shadowed for one week throughout FCMA and at business locations in Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb counties; bringing real-world experience into the classroom.

Check out this video created by the Middle School team about the project:
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These one-week, unpaid internships are an integral part of FCMA’s Career Development Program. In preparation for internships, students learn professional resumé and cover letter writing, effective communication skills, and interview techniques through business professionals. Continued success in a constantly changing global market demands planning for the future and right now our future employees, employers, and customers are sitting in a classroom. The goal of FCMA’s hands-on program is to expand students’ knowledge about the business world, inspiring them to become career-focused as they begin making college and career path decisions.

“We know we have something very special within our FCMA community. The support for this internship program from our community and the connections our students were willing and able to make in preparation for this program will go a long way as they continue to grow into responsible, independent citizens of our world,” said FCMA Middle School teacher, Nicholas Kaltz.

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Continued success in a constantly changing global market demands planning for the future and right now our future employees, employers, and customers are sitting in a classroom. The goal of FCMA’s hands-on program is to expand students’ knowledge about the business world, inspiring them to become career-focused as they begin making college and career path decisions.

“Making positive impressions with employers this early in life gives our students a competitive advantage as they progress toward their long-term professional goals and aspirations,” said FCMA Middle School teacher, Meghan Vandenplas. “The internships show students first-hand the importance of their education and raise awareness of the skills that are critical to success.”

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To partner with the Career Development Program next year, or for more information on the program, please contact Meghan Vandenplas, Nick Kaltz, or Nicki Law at 248-542-7001.

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