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:
Tre Sills, an 18-year-old Northside senior, enjoys physical fitness. He’s in the wrestling and golf clubs at school. He stays fit.
So an internship at World Class Fitness just made sense.
“I mainly do a lot of the cleaning, help with the front desk, help when the weights are out of place or someone needs help. We have a protein smoothie bar, which is good after a workout to replenish. I help out there too,” Sills said.
Through his internship, Sills is honing his people skills as well as putting his anatomy lessons to practical use.
“I really get to see what each one of the muscles do and what to do to strengthen them,” he said.
He adds that the internship is an “awesome” opportunity, as are the concurrent classes in algebra and English composition I and II he has taken while in high school.
“I believe it’s not just what you know, it’s who you know,” Sills said. “I really think I can use this opportunity to jumpstart my future and help me find a career in my field of study.”
Sills intends to join the Army Reserves after graduation. He also wants to attend college at the University of Central Arkansas, where he will study sports medicine.