WHS seniors discuss their internship experience with Chamber of Commerce

Five WHS seniors served as the keynote speakers at the Waynesville-St. Robert Chamber of Commerce meeting on Wednesday, showcasing their work as interns for this academic year at the Chamber.

The Waynesville High School students – Ashley Bartlett, Sierra Hart, Lindzie King, Tori Macon and Ashton Pilz – created videos, designed logos, updated the demographic profile for the county and developed marketing materials during their internship.

The five interns are among the first to have participated in a pilot program that places high school students in internships with local businesses and the Chamber. Their instructor is Amy Ransdall-Breeden.

Apprehensive at first about having a group of teenagers working at the Chamber’s office every day, Cecilia Murray, executive director, now touts the program as one of the best partnerships ever.

“They bring new ideas to the table and help keep me young,” Murray said.  
The students quickly took ownership of the program and created both a name for their group – Interns for Career Enrichment – and their own logo.

“We are committed to giving our students real-world opportunities that help prepare them to be college and career ready, but it takes innovative, forward-thinking individuals to participate in a pilot like this and I want to thank the Chamber and Fort Leonard Wood and FLW MWR for being leaders in this program,” said Dr. Brian Henry, superintendent. “Our community partnerships are so important to our students.”

Given this year’s success, next year’s students will have an opportunity to work on projects for Chamber businesses; in addition, internship offerings will expand into Fort Leonard Wood’s General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital.