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Some of the greatest lessons a student can learn aren't in a textbook or a classroom. They're in the workplace, where students get a taste of what it's like to work with others and take on responsibilities.

At High Tech High in Lake Balboa, all seniors must take part in an internship internship /in·tern·ship/ (in´tern-ship) the position or term of service of an intern in a hospital.
n the course work or practicum conducted in a professional dental clinic.
 program in which they are paired with a local business and mentor to learn the ropes of the work world.

The program is in its third year.

Gloria Malkin, internship coordinator at High Tech High, said many students are most apprehensive about making the initial contact with their assigned mentors.

"That's one of the things they're most nervous about. Most of these students have never had a job before," she said.

So she has drafted a script that the students can use to help calm their jitters jitters 'Butterflies' Psychology An episode of nervousness or anxiety that often precedes a public event; jitters is a type of performance anxiety which may affect actors in a stage production–stage fright or soloist musicians; it may respond to anxiolytics .

All students must contact their mentors and visit the company where they'll intern intern /in·tern/ (in´tern) a medical graduate serving in a hospital preparatory to being licensed to practice medicine.

in·tern or in·terne
 before starting their first day of work.

In their nonpaid internships, the students work from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through the end of the semester.

There are 38 seniors in the program this semester, Malkin said. Another 38 will serve internships next semester.

Gregory Shilton is interning at Merry Maids in Granada Hills, a match that surprised him.

"I was a bit disappointed at first. But, upon arrival, I really enjoyed it. My co-workers are really nice and my boss is great," he said.

He is using Microsoft Excel (tool) Microsoft Excel - A spreadsheet program from Microsoft, part of their Microsoft Office suite of productivity tools for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh. Excel is probably the most widely used spreadsheet in the world.

Latest version: Excel 97, as of 1997-01-14.
 to create charts and graphs comparing the company's sales with projections. In the future, he'll be processing payments, too.

Monica Fernandez is interning at Cooper-Beavers Inc., a marketing and graphic design company in Encino.

So far, she's been helping set up the company's business portfolio, which includes taking an inventory of all its photos.

Jennifer Carcamo is interning at, which is part of the Los Angeles Daily News The Daily News of Los Angeles, also known as the Los Angeles Daily News, is the second largest circulating daily newspaper of Los Angeles, California. It is published by the Los Angeles Newspaper Group, which owns eight other Southern California newspapers . So far, she's set up Web site coding for a blog the newspaper is starting to cover neighborhood councils Neighborhood councils are governmental or non-governmental bodies composed of local people who handle neighborhood problems. They can be found in many cities throughout the world.  and resident groups in the San Fernando Valley San Fernando Valley

Valley, southern California, U.S. Northwest of central Los Angeles, the valley is bounded by the San Gabriel, Santa Susana, and Santa Monica mountains and the Simi Hills.

She's also helping edit stories on and will be doing feature stories about area schools.

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 this semester include the Boys & Girls Club Girls Club is a 2002 American television series created by David E. Kelley, who was also it's producer and executive producer. Only two out of a total of thirteen episodes created were broadcast on Fox Television in the United States and Global Television in Canada. , Kaiser Permanente Kaiser Permanente is an integrated managed care organization, based in Oakland, California, founded in 1945 by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser and physician Sidney R. Garfield. , Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center, MEND, the Greater San Fernando Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Jewish Home for the Aging.

All three students said they are happy that they weren't given assignments to just fill their time.

"I'm actually contributing to the company," Fernandez said.

After graduation, Shilton wants to be an "Imgineer," which is an engineer who creates rides for Disney theme parks and resorts.

Fernandez wants to major in mechanical engineering with a minor in fashion design, while Carcamo wants to pursue a career in journalism.

To find out more about the internship program at High Tech High, e-mail Malkin at gloria.malkin(at) or call her at (818) 609-2685.




(color) Three of the High Tech High seniors participating in the school's internship program this semester are Jennifer Carcamo, left, Monica Fernandez and Gregory Shilton.

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