Sophomores were interviewing for an internship with Mrs. Hays. The internship has new students every semester, one group of students for each period, with six people per group.
The students are not only interning for Mrs. Hays, they are also competing against two groups of Estancia students. These students get to go on field trips and learn the in's and out's of owning their own business. They are also presented with different real-life scenarios of business problems that they are to solve. The end result of the class is to present their responses to a panel of adults.
This year Hays was trying to “up the ante” by making the interviews competitive. She was trying to help her business students feel more prepared for entrepreneurship and virtual enterprise, both of which have had many drop-outs in years past.
She believes that by having student interviews, they will be less nervous for when they do interviews for Virtual Enterprise, a seniors-only class where students run their own virtual business.
Mahina Won-Milho, who got the internship, said, "Strive to get the internship because you get to go to field trips that your classmates don’t get to go on, they get you out of class. Also, you get to wear business attire which you don’t normally get to wear."
Sophie Harriman said, "...if you think you didn’t do well, don’t beat yourself up about it because you really don’t know what they thought.”
Hays said, “The kids really came dressed up, they took that seriously.”
But she warned that those who chose not to dress up shouldn't expect to get the internship. It is important to her that students act professionally.
She added, “I had a lot of kids that it made it difficult to chose, they did a really good job, and they came well prepared.”
Students who got the internship: