In August, Fort Smith Public Schools rolled out a new internship program to give students “real world” experience in professional fields of their interest.
Students must apply and be accepted to the program. They each earn 180 hours of work experience each semester. They are evaluated at the end of the semester by the employer.
We want to introduce you to some of these bright young students:
Seventeen-year-old Hali Dingman, a senior at Northside High School, interns at KISR 93.7.
“I think it’s a better fit for me. It’s not just a cubicle job. You’re more involved with the community,” said Dingman, who takes a television broadcasting class at NHS, where she has filmed around the school and anchored the school news.
At KISR, Dingman has shadowed and watched what everyone is doing and is a bit surprised by how quickly she has learned.
“They are teaching me how to talk on the radio and what to do,” she said.
Dingman intends to attend college at UAFS after graduation, majoring in broadcasting.
She’s prepared by taking concurrent college English while in high school, and she believes her internship will be a boost to her education and career goals.
“I’m looking forward to learning how to do stuff and getting experience for future jobs and maybe getting a job,” Dingman said. “I really like informing people and putting (the news) together so people want to watch it. You can make it fun and make it a hobby and that’s what I’ve done.”