Job shadowing and internships

Twenty-seven Country Day students and recent graduates experienced the work world this summer through job shadows and internships with alumni, parents, past parents, and friends of the school.

Will Swinton '17 had a successful experience when he spent two days shadowing alum and parent Dr. Susanna Schwartz '93, a veterinary surgeon for MedVet. Will watched her diagnose animals and perform surgery. (Pictured left).

"He arrived early in the morning and stayed until midnight because he had such a great experience the first day," Sarah Beyreis, Director of College Counseling said. "When he finished shadowing Schwartz at 5 p.m., a resident who runs the ER drop-in clinic, invited Will to shadow him."

Other examples included:

*Max DelBello '18 shadowed the statistician for the Miami Marlins. He also worked with Dr. John Pestian's group in Bioinformatics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

*Margaret Hodson '16 shadowed alum and past parent Tom Langlois '77, staff attorney with the Ohio Court of Appeals, First Appellate District. (Pictured below).

*Mickey Masterson '17 shadowed parent Andy Berghausen, an assistant prosecuting attorney with the Hamilton County

Prosecutor's Office.( Pictured right).

*Anna Geohegan '17 worked all summer with alum and past parent Judy Williams '67, co-founder of Hyde Park Farmers Market.

*Adam Katz '16 shadowed parent Steve Schwartz, CEO of LION, manufacturer of clothing and protective equipment for firefighters.

Many CCDS students had research positions at the University of Cincinnati or Children's, undertaking work normally assigned to college sophomores or juniors.

Tony Wen '18, Kaylin Hoffman '17 and Lizzie Norwood '18 worked with or shadowed colleagues of Dr. Melissa DelBello in one of her many labs. Dr. DelBello, is a CCDS parent and professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

While several alumni offered out-of-state internships, those proved more difficult. Finding housing and transportation were stumbling blocks. Beyreis still plans to take alumni up on their offers by connecting them with CCDS graduates in college.

"Some kids can do out-of-state job shadows, but we think our youngest alumni in their first year or two of college might love Country Day connections," Beyreis said.

"Colleges have great systems for internships, but it can be hard to work your way into it freshman year, so Country Day connections for sophomore year can still be very useful."

Matching students with hosts for job shadow/internship experiences begins in January. Beyreis, along with Upper School teachers Paula Butler and Marcus Twyford and Director of Alumni Relations Paula Brock work together to make it happen.

"We're looking to increase the breadth and kinds of experiences," Beyreis said. "We have kids who are interested in architecture and design. We'd also like to increase opportunities for interns with people who own businesses." The group also is looking for opportunities in engineering, fashion and finance.

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