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Around Cornerstone: News

Cornerstone Internship Program Helps to Develop Tomorrow’s Workforce

It’s inevitable that at some point during our school days, we were all asked the question, "What do you want to be when you grow up?" And for high school students, the answer still may not be clear. The internship program at Cornerstone offers juniors and seniors the opportunity to explore numerous professions while gaining real-world experience.   

Benefits of an Internship

Internships are a great way to gain real-life experience under the supervision of our Director of School Counseling Jillian Cosgrove. Along with work experience, internships offer time management skills as our students learn how to balance responsibilities outside of their school work. Additionally, internships allow students to develop professional skills beneficial to their future careers. Internships provide personal and professional growth and may also help them to one day land their dream job. By choosing to intern, students demonstrate to prospective colleges that they are proactive and serious about their future.

Internship at Cornerstone

Here at Cornerstone, qualified juniors and seniors can participate in our internship program, which gives them the responsibility of finding their own internship opportunities. We had a chance to catch up with Athletics and Facilities interns Devon Sweat and Isabelle Lott to find out more about their experience so far this year. 

Cornerstone Juniors Isabelle Lott and Devon Sweat

Isabelle Lott, 11, started working with Mr. Edmondson in July and has been able to help with numerous tasks to prepare the school for re-opening.

“There are new protocols and things that needed to be changed, and I was able to help Mr. Edmondson with those items," said Lott. "I have also helped with some scheduling for the upcoming fall sports season.” 

“I was interested in an internship at Cornerstone because I wanted to know how I could help the school,” said Devon Sweat, 11. “As an intern with Mr. Edmondson, I’ve helped with many projects, such as setting up for social distancing events at Cornerstone, including graduation and freshman Legacy Night.”

Both Lott and Sweat are grateful to be a part of the internship program.

“My hope is that it will give me experience in fields that I have never had a chance to explore before.” said Lott.

Sweat added, “Prior to my internship, I didn’t have much work experience, so this has been a great opportunity, and it’s teaching me valuable lessons that I can use in other areas of my life.”

Final Thoughts

Facilities Manager and Assistant Athletic Director Scott Edmondson is grateful for the extra assistance. 

“Devon and Isabelle have been a huge help to me this past summer in getting the facility ready to reopen,” said Edmondson. "They have worked on projects ranging from setting up the gym for graduation, to pressure washing, cleaning floors with the auto-scrubber, and cleaning windows. They have done all of these things with a wonderful attitude. Their servant hearts and willingness to do whatever has been a true blessing and encouragement to me.”