Physical Therapy Internship
I am going to college for my masters in athletic training. This interest in physical therapy comes from my grandmother breaking her leg and going through physical therapy. I was fascinated by the process and immediately became intrigued. After further researching the topic, I found that I wanted to incorporate sports and working with athletes. That decision brought me to athletic training. Being able to work directly with athletes, be involved in sports and helping people recover is exactly what I want to do. My internship at Dan Wyand’s opened my eyes to the physical therapy world. Although it is not what I’m going into, it’s very similar and the experience helped me greatly.
My internship was at Dan Wyand’s PT and Associates in St. Johnsbury. I worked with different PA’s and a trainer regularly. I was able to sit in on appointments with patients and occasionally perform stretches or feel the area of discomfort. I was also in the gym portion of the facility observing patients and working with the trainer, who provided me with a lot of information.
A typical day at my internship consisted of first, seeing if I was able to sit in on an appointment with a patient. If I was able to I would observe and ask questions if I had them. I would follow the PA around until the appointment was over. Then, if it was available, I would sit in on another appointment and do the same thing. If I was not able to go to another appointment, I would go to the gym to work with the trainer.
In order to have my internship, I had to communicate with Patricia Forest at NVRH. She got me set up and I had an orientation meeting with her to go over what I would be doing and anything I needed to know. I then had to set up an appointment to get a TB (tuberculosis) test to ensure I was okay to be around patients. Once the results came back negative I was able to start.
My name is Aaron and I am a senior at Danville High School. During my first semester as a senior I got the special opportunity of doing an internship with a local plumbing/heating expert. Tracy Carslon was nice enough to let me join him in the mornings on a job site he was working at. I did do a few boiler cleanings and some duct work with him but I spent most of my time at one location.
As many locals know, Danville gained a much larger operation of the brewing business recently. The Red Barn Brewery has expanded immensely and is now across from Goodfellas. This was a pretty big job for just one plumber to handle so it took about a full two months for him to complete his part. I spent a lot of time with him there and got to learn a lot about the plumbing world. Tracy’s job/task was to put together all of the pipes and fittings that connected all of the fermenters and tanks. The job was a little bit different than a normal everyday job of a plumber but it consisted of some of the same parts. We soldered together lots of copper pipe. We hung lots of ceiling brackets to hold some piping and we threaded and put together lots of steel tubing. These are all things that were a little different but definitely could be done in a home, whether it be in a basement or attic. I also got to learn about the business part of the job, which included in estimating, billing, and working with other contractors in tight spaces.
Tracy was very nice in letting me help out and teaching me everything he knows in the short amount of time we had. I appreciate the experience and couldn’t thank Tracy, Lisa, Ms. Keach, and the Danville school enough for making it happen.
Currently here at Danville school, we have a new developing program called Epic Journey, which is an in-school internship program that students apply for to further their education, all the while still earning credit. “Epic” stands for Exploring Personal Interests through Career. There are a variety of Epic Journeys available through our Pathways program, and the Epic Journey that I chose was an internship for a creative writing class. In order to participate in this program, I was required to apply, and also be interviewed by Ms. Keach as to why I would be fit for the job, where I explained that I have received high honors for all of my English classes, I excel in poetry recitation and performing, and I have great people skills such as communication, positivity, and understanding, which is why I believed I was fit for the role. When I was hired for the job, Ms. Keach and I immediately went to work on planning out the semester.
My main focus for this internship was to plan a workshop dedicated to Poetry Out Loud recitation and performance for our Creative Writing poetry unit. And so, I reached out to former Vermont Poetry Out Loud State Coordinator, Morgan Irons, and asked if she would be willing to assist me in leading a poetry workshop here at Danville. She delightfully agreed, and so we planned to meet to discuss the plan of the workshop, where we decided that Morgan could recite a poor performance of her poem, and then follow with a good performance. Students would be able to comment on what they noticed and would also be able to give Morgan constructive feedback based on her poor performance. After, each student would then perform their own poem for the class, and would receive constructive feedback from both Morgan and I, as well as their classmates. On the day of the workshop, students responded really well from what they were learning. Morgan, Ms. Keach, and I were all very impressed with students and their courage to get up and perform in front of people. It was fun and very inspiring working with Morgan, and I was very grateful to have such a talented performer help us with our poetry workshop.
Aside from the workshop and poetry, I was also responsible for creating lesson plans for when Ms. Keach was absent, assisting students with their work, and creating a layout as well as editing our class journal, the Route Two Review. Overall, I heavily enjoyed being an intern for Ms. Keach and was able to learn many valuable skills like how to engage an audience or a group of students, how to pass knowledge on in a creative way, and how to be good at time management and planning. These skills will always be valuable and of importance to my life and career. I am very glad I took the opportunity to apply for this internship, and highly recommend any high school student attending Danville to check out the Epic Journey program for internships or jobs that would interest them.