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Job Shadows, Internships Complement Classroom Learning

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Job Shadows, Internships Complement Classroom Learning
Posted on 12/05/2014

In the latest edition of “Let’s Talk Portland,” Portand Public Schools students tell Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk how their experiences with job shadowing and internships have benefited them. “Let’s Talk Portland” is a video series in which Caulk interviews guests about initiatives in the Portland Public Schools.

“A job shadow or internship really complements what you’re learning in the classroom,”  Mohamed Nur, a senior at Deering High School, told Caulk. Nur recently had an internship with Maine Sen. Angus King's field office in Scarborough and completed a job shadow at Maine Medical Center, following a doctor around for a day.

Moses Small, a junior at Portland High School who did a job shadow at WCSH TV, Channel 6 and has accepted an internship at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, said his experiences have helped prepare him for his career goal of becoming a broadcast journalist.

“It really taught me what kind of things you need to be [as a broadcast journalist]. You need to be very driven or self motivated, and at the same time you need to be a quick thinker but you also need to be good at planning things,” Small said.

Job shadowing and internships are two important kinds of Expanded Learning Opportunities Portland Public Schools students are are engaged in. Expanded Learning Opportunities, or ELOs for short, are part of a districtwide initiative focused on student-centered pathway systems that better meet the needs of our high school students and get them involved in the community.

Caulk also interviewed Eric Moynihan, a Jobs for Maine's Graduates Pathways Coordinator at Portland High School, who coordinates the job shadowing and internship opportunities that local businesses provide to students. The work he and other Pathways Coordinators do is funded by a Nellie Mae Foundation grant.

Moynihan tells Caulk about how businesses and organizations such as Maine Medical Center, Unum and the Portland Fire Department provide students with “real-world learning experiences" through job shadows and internships.

Learn more about job shadowing and internships in the Portland Public Schools by watching “Let’s Talk Portland.”