STEM Intern Ben Elliott highly recommends The STEM Summer Internship program to upcoming students who might enjoy working in local business and industry.

STEM Experience With The Coffee Board Of Education

Ben Elliott
I would like to thank Mr. Chan Newell, the staff, and also local businesses that make this wonderful program possible. I would highly recommend that eligible students look into the program in the coming academic year!
When I was initially told I had been selected for the Board of Education’s Technical Department’s Stem Intern, I was genuinely perplexed. How had I gotten selected for a job I hadn’t actually interviewed for? What could they have possibly seen in my resume that caught their attention? Would I, perhaps, be in over my head? Despite my early surprise and bewilderment, I was absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity. Whatever nervousness and uncertainty I had was quickly resolved upon speaking with the man who selected me and serves as my boss, the extremely kind Mr. Chan Newell. Though our conversation was brief, it quickly clarified what was expected of me and assured me that, whatever may come, I can most certainly find a way to do my job in a relaxed, positive working environment. 
As my household’s go-to tech guy, I was extremely excited with the idea of it. I had always taken an interest in such things out of necessity and a fascination with the complex machines that have revolutionized our modern lives in all aspects.  To be allowed to explore the “nervous system” of our educational system firsthand and be paid for it? Of course, I was extremely excited for work to begin!
Over the past three weeks I have accomplished a great deal. From stripping old computers for parts to relocating projectors, I have, for the most part, been absolutely enthralled. Every single thing I have done, though not necessarily always the most exciting, has certainly served a greater purpose towards preparing for the upcoming academic year, and along the way, has taught me a great deal about both the technology and about work as a whole.
Though it is not my first job, I can certainly say that the lessons imparted to me through my work at the Board’s Tech Department will serve me well in life.  Whereas in my previous job I was constantly involved in various person-to-person interactions, my technical work has been largely solo. However, this is certainly not a negative factor! Through my past couple weeks of cleaning projectors and installing teacher’s classroom computers, I have learned a great deal about dictating one’s own time management, planning, and, above all else, the rewarding nature of single handedly accomplishing tasks. But I cannot take all of the credit! On a few occasions I have delighted in working with my coworkers and have greatly enjoyed their company, both inside and outside of the office. Everyone at the tech department is extremely kind, and I enjoy our early morning discussions before we part ways for our day’s work. 
In conclusion, my experience with the STEM program this year has been extremely positive. I would like to thank Mr. Chan Newell, the staff, and also local businesses that make this wonderful program possible. I would highly recommend that eligible students look into the program in the coming academic year!
See the Wednesday, June 22, 2016 edition of The Douglas Enterprise.

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