This is the VOA Special English Education Report.
We continue with our discussion from last week about internships for
students. As we said, interns are sometimes paid. Many times they are not, but
they might receive college credit for their work. Sometimes they receive neither
pay nor credit. But, as interns are always told, the experience can be valuable.
In the United States, many students get internships in Washington. These
positions can be a chance to learn about government and business -- and a chance
to meet influential people.
The Washington Post reports that 20,000 college students arrive in
the capital each summer. About four thousand of them work in Congress, in the
offices of representatives and senators. Others work in government agencies or
nonprofit organizations or business groups.
Internships in other cities offer a chance to see places like New York or Los
Angeles or Chicago. But many students look for internships close to their
hometowns or schools.
Wherever they are, interns can tell everyone about their experiences, good or
bad, by writing about them on blogs. Sometimes interns write for a Web log on
the Internet site of the place where they are doing their internship. This is
how we found the blogs of two interns at Red Hat, a provider of Linux computer
software. The company is based in North Carolina.
One of the interns, Claire Sauls, described organizing a summer computer camp
for middle school students. The other, Matt Carpenter, wrote about working with
different technical systems.
Not everyone has a great experience as an intern. But many say they gain
skills and experience they could not get in a classroom. They get to meet others
with similar interests. They might also get a better sense of what they like and
dislike about different jobs. And they might even find that their internship
helps them get a job in the future.
Finally, a programming note -- we will begin our Foreign Student series in
September. These reports are for students who want information about how to
attend a college or university in the United States. If you have any questions
about the process, write to email@example.com. We can only accept general
questions, and any questions we choose will be answered on our program.
And that's the VOA Special English Education Report,
written by Nancy Steinbach. You can find our report from last week about
internships at www.voaspecialenglish.com. I'm Steve