Workshop to discuss internship process

Jessica Spitz

Teachers and alumni will instruct students on how to write resumes, succeed in interviews and select an internship during a workshop in the Kutler Center on Feb. 25. Students will also have the chance to browse internships on the school website as a part of the HW Works initiative.

Math and computer science teacher Paula Evans noticed the need for an internship database when some of her students mentioned that it seemed like the attainment of internships was based on whom you know, she said.

Evans began collaborating with Head of Upper School Deans Beth Slattery and Senior Alumni Officer Harry Salamadra to hold a workshop that gives them the tools they need to get an internship.

Alumni Administrator Janiece Richard will introduce the event by explaining how Harvard-Westlake is helping its students find internships, and Slattery and Salamandra will present about resumes and selecting internships respectively. Charlie Wang of technology education company General Assembly will speak about why companies want interns. Lynn Sommer, a career coach and parent of two alumni, will talk about interview skills.

The online database lists internships from employers who are interested in having a Harvard-Westlake student, Salamandra said. Students can access it with their student ID and password. Once someone selects an internship, it is his or her responsibility to contact the employer and apply.

If students do not see their area of interest covered, they can make requests.

“One benefit [of an internship] is just the actual experience,” Evans said. “Writing a resume, putting yourself out there, going out and saying I’m here and I’m available, and selecting an opportunity.”