W.O.W. (World of Work) at DMCI
By Bonn Eris Alvarez
WINNIPEG – Attended by students and professionals alike, the luncheon event held on May 29, 2013 at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate (DMCI) marked the end of the career internship program of the students this year.
DMCI’s Career Internship program offers Grade 12 students an innovative partnership program with professionals across Winnipeg, enabling students to experience and practice a career in mind.
The program is flexible and provides a wide variety of placements ranging from healthcare to business-oriented workplaces. It can also assist students in making decisions regarding post-secondary education prior to registering for a faculty or special program.
“Many students find the program very rewarding… they’re able to establish very positive relationships with their business mentors in a professional capacity e.g., veterinary, medical research, marketing displays, banking, law, architecture, engineering, pharmacy, teaching, etc. Students who want to have this opportunity need 30 hours allotted for work practicum. That means they must learn how to do time-management, and prioritize things as well,” said Lyne Hanson, Career Internship Coordinator.
Aside from the placements, the program also worked hand in hand with non-profit organizations like the Youth Employment Services (YES) in certain parts of the program dealing with mock interviews and portfolio presentations.
“The internship didn’t only help me decide if I’ll continue pursuing a career on education, it also gave me a chance to look closely and asses my knowledge, skills, and attitudes as a student” said Eunice Pearl Tabelina, an internship student.