This summer, 21 rising seniors from The John Cooper School began internships with the EfTA, or Education for Tomorrow Alliance. The program allows students to try a career path they are interested in for two weeks.
Maiya Patel is working on an ambulance for the Montgomery County Hospital District. "I want to be a nurse, and I've never thought about going into the emergency field," says Maiya.
Annabelle Wu, an aspiring chemical engineer, is working in a laboratory at Huntsman, while Alexander Harris, just a few days into his time at Chevron Phillips Chemical, toured a chemical plant, and connected with his career mentor, Jeff Livarchik.
On Thursday, June 22, EfTA hosted the summer Student Internship Program Reception at Conroe ISD's Jett Teacher Training Center for 2023 interns. The students were joined by their family and career mentors, and heard from past and current interns, as well as guest speaker Dr. Kozhi Makai from Kozhi Makai Wordwide
There were a total of 179 applicants, with students from 14 schools. Forty-four organizations from The Woodlands and Montgomery County are hosting interns for the season; collectively, they will achieve 10,800 hours of work experience.
"One intern has already been offered a paid job for the summer because she showed up right," says Monica Bomkamp Enia, President of EfTA. She explained that the entire process is designed to prepare kids for their future, with the application mirroring the college admissions process.
"This provides great career experience, and allows students to gain exposure to the working world," says Laura Schroeder, Board Member of EfTA and Director of College Counseling at The John Cooper School.
The College Counseling office encourages students to apply for this program each year. Through the years, Schroeder has seen that these internships have helped students really affirm a career path and college major.
"While these two weeks were short, they were the most impactful weeks of my life so far," says John Benson, a reception speaker who recently completed his internship with the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
The John Cooper School hopes for the same meaningful experience for its students this summer, and would like to thank EfTA, our College Counseling Department, and the organizations hosting our students.
Congratulations to these hardworking students:
Just Health Center: Alyaan Alim
Hive Haus Realty Group: Essam Ashraf
Let's Be Fit: Elizabeth Askin
PBK: Sara Bensaid
Montgomery County Food Bank: Brady Bier
Dupuis Law: Lyra Bolen
Hive Haus Realty Group: Ming Broussard
The Woodlands Township: Finn Dhamija
Hive Haus Realty Group: Adam Dural
The Woodlands Arts Council: Katelyn Eveland
Conroe Chamber of Commerce: Jairaj Groppe
Chevron Phillips Chemical: Alexander Harris
Montgomery County Hospital District - Fleet Service: Ishatva Jauhari
Weygandt Law: Payton Lindsay
National Wire: Aditya Pakal
Montgomery County Hospital District: Maiya Patel
Just Health Center: Felicity Sebastian
Undersummers: Brandon Toman
Howard Hughes Corporation: William Witherspoon
Huntsman: Annabelle Wu