NiKelle Brown, a student at Richfield High School, participated in a CTE Internship at Barnett Orthodontics as part of the Work-Based Learning Program at her high school. Below NiKelle tells about her internship experience.
“I interned at Barnett Orthodontics as an assistant in training. I basically shadowed the office assistants and learned from them. I learned so much from this opportunity!
“I started out by scanning models and impressions, sterilizing instruments, and stocking patient units along with many other little jobs that keep things running smoothly. Eventually I was given the unique opportunity to actually work on patients. I was trained when to ask them to come on back and have a seat, then I simply untied their bands, took out their wires and told them to brush and floss, then to come back for the doctor to have a look at their progress. Working with patients also means developing X-rays, as well as taking initial photos and entering them into a specific record on the computer.
“I cannot begin to explain how educational and fun the entire internship was for me! I developed better people skills, as well as an understanding of what not only goes into keeping a busy business running, but also what a day in a career I am interested in pursuing is actually like. Participating in an internship is nothing like looking the career up online or even asking an experienced worker for a job description. Being an intern means actually getting your hands into the work and trying it out for yourself. These are real life situations with real life people and results! How much better can it get?”