Lakota Welcomes AC Hotel, Planes as Newest Internship Partners

Lakota Welcomes AC Hotel, Planes as Newest Internship Partners
Posted on 02/23/2018
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Spring internship partners Lakota Local Schools is proud to welcome Marriott’s AC Hotel at Liberty Center and Planes Moving & Storage to its growing portfolio of high school internship programs. The new partners are part of the district’s spring line-up of student opportunities.

Lakota East and West students can choose from 11 different experiences being offered this spring. For the first time, Lakota will also join the mix and host its own internship experiences in the areas of public finance, curriculum and instruction, and marketing and communications.

“The addition of two more prominent local business partners and Lakota’s leap into the program as an actual host is an exciting next step in continuing to grow this option for our students,” said Lakota Superintendent Matthew Miller. “The more we can diversify the industries and job experiences our students can explore, the more clarity they can have about their post-graduation plans.”

Following the district’s application and interview process for internship placement, each company will accept up to five students to participate in four rotations, each a week long throughout April. Participating students will also earn one academic credit.

Both new partners are among four currently offering students a paid internship experience. Students will be introduced to functions of business management, communications, marketing and customer relations, as it relates to careers in the hotel management hospitality field.

“We are grateful for AC Hotel’s willingness to invest in our future workforce and give them an inside look at how different fields of expertise might contribute specifically to the hospitality industry,” said Fran Morrison, Lakota’s senior director of Innovation Programming K-12.

The Planes internship experience will focus on collaboration, networking and project management in a professional environment with a special focus on communications, customer service and process management.

“Making the leap from the classroom to a professional environment is truly a different type of educational experience,” said Ronda Du Vall, Director of Customer Service at Planes. “Planes has had a long history of success working with Lakota students and we are excited to be a part of their formal internship program.”

Lakota’s entry into the program as an internship host provides the added benefit of exposing students to the many facets of a career in public education. In the area of Curriculum & Instruction, student interns will have the unique opportunity to design the high school of the future alongside the district’s curriculum leaders. The project-based learning experience will sharpen their skills in areas like focus groups, surveys and peer interviews, with the end goal of presenting a vision for Lakota’s high school experience to district leaders.  

The Treasurer’s Department will broaden students’ understanding of public financing, including such focus areas as cash flow, forecasting and school funding. The School & Community Relations Department will give students a flavor for public relations work, with hands-on experience with such skills as multimedia writing, graphic design, videography, and photography.

“The work being done all around Lakota, in support of public education, is a source of countless learning opportunities for our students,” said Keith Koehne, Lakota’s Executive Director of Curriculum & Instruction. “This is a great way to put our staff’s expertise to use in more ways that positively impact our students.”

In total, about 100 rising juniors and seniors will be selected to participate in one of 11 different spring program options. Other spring business partners include ABC Pediatric Therapy Network, Beacon Orthopaedics, The Center for Foot Care, Ethicon, Procter & Gamble (Corporate Engineering Technologies Laboratory), UC Health West Chester Hospital and Various Views Research.