Lincoln-Way West students prepare for the future in Business Internship/Hero Co-op program
Friday, February 3, 2017

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, seniors enrolled in the Business Internship/Hero Co-op program at Lincoln-Way West prepared among their classmates before participating in mock interviews with the administration. “Going out into the work world, there are so many times when we’re unprepared,” says teacher Amy Lidy. “So this is an opportunity for them to interview with real people who do this every day. It gives them the opportunity to get really great feedback.”

Lidy has been teaching Hero Co-Op for five years. Business Internship/Hero Co-op program is a combined course of school and work. This program creates opportunities for students to gain skills and experience in a career area before entering college or full-time employment. The program helps students grow as individuals, become valuable employees, and gain skills to further their education and lead into a successful career.

In the spring semester, after researching potential summer internships with local businesses, students begin creating resumes and cover letters. “They have to research something that will follow their future career objectives, so this is really beneficial for them. They find the director of human resources at a local company and then create a resume and cover letter pertaining to a job,” says Lidy.

Students then learn and practice interview skills with classmates in order to prepare them for a mock interview with members of the District 210 administration. The mock interview questions are based upon the company that students hope will offer an internship in the summer.

“I love this class so far…It’s valuable to learn these things for the business world so that you know what you’re doing,” says student Jack Shiley.

This year, Shiley and his classmates seem to be more than prepared for their interviews. “I would say authenticity and comfortability are some of the most important things for interviewing,” he says. “Between those two, it kind of comes down to confidence. I think confidence comes from those two intermixing.”