Carroll ISD students, grades 9- 12 who are interested in a year-round internship working with the Communications & Marketing Department and the Athletic Department of Carroll ISD may now apply for the 2011-2012 school year as part of a new Dragon internship program.
This is the second year for the internship which was a modeled after a Sports Information program Carroll Athletic Director Kevin Ozee started for students in Duncanville. Because so many projects are jointly organized with the Communications & Marketing Department, the Dragon internships will involve work in both areas here in CISD.
“This is an opportunity for some of our talented and hard-working Dragon students to get writing, photography, video and event management experience at sports and special events in our district,” Ozee said. “For now it is a program to help the students gain experience for the college and work resumes. In the future, we hope to work with our Teaching and Learning Services Department and our campus principals to offer class credit for the internship.”
Last year, a Sports Information and Entertainment marketing class was offered for Dragon students at Carroll Senior High School in. Students who take this course are urged to consider applying for internship spots as upperclassmen.
“We have numerous opportunities and projects for students interested in journalism, sports information, communications and marketing,” said Julie Thannum, Executive Director of Communications & Marketing for Carroll. “We had this internship project as part of our three-year plan and were fortunate that Kevin Ozee has experience in running a program like this. He was very willing to partner with us to create a program that not only provides assistance to our two departments on major projects and daily operations, but also gives our students real-world opportunities to develop their skills and interests in these areas.”
Students can visit the CISD website under the Departments drop down menu to find the application and materials for the internship. They are available from both the Athletics and the Communications & Marketing Department links.
Students may apply at anytime throughout the year but initial spots will be interviewed and filled by September 30, 2011. Officials have not yet determined exactly how many interns will be selected from the applicants but the program is not limited to first semester applicants.
“We will have opportunities all year long for students who are interested in interning with our departments,” Ozee said. “Julie and I would be pleased to get several interns interviewed and selected to help with sports information and marketing-related projects for the 2011 Dragon football season. Beyond that, the opportunities for gaining internship experience are numerous.” Last year, interns assisted in many district events including the Finance Forum at CSHS last October, writing and posting stories on MySouthlakeNews.com, School Board presentations and producing the theme video for the recent Relay for Life event at CHS. Students even enjoyed a field trip to local television station, NBC5 and were treated to a private tour of the broadcast facility including hands-on instruction of a television camera and watch from behind the scenes as a live weekday newscast was produced.
Click here to view and print the application.