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City offers high school internships

The word “internship” is often a loose translation for free labor.Students in their junior and senior years of college desperately search for paid internships but usually end up working for free, or, employers like to say, working for invaluable experience.This fall, the city of Glenwood Springs is offering technology internships, but to high school, not college, students. And it’s also paying students to learn.Bruce Munroe, director of information systems for the city, will oversee the interns, who will be paid $9 an hour.Students will learn how to navigate the city’s technology system, rewire programs, access servers and identify parts within software.”The city has spent a lot of money on technology,” said Munroe. “We want to train kids and pay them so they can see some of this technology.”The city has offered internships to high school students before, but has never offered a technology-based internship, said Munroe. The internship could turn into a job with the city, Munroe said.Munroe hopes to start training a few students at the end of September or early October. Munroe is looking for students who have at least a B average, and are reliable and interested in technology.Munroe is somewhat flexible with scheduling but would like to have students work from 3:30-5:30 p.m. five days a week.Students will be expected to study tutorials and learn the systems. Volunteer guest speakers from technological firms throughout the valley will give lectures to the students.”I’m hoping to introduce kids to the front line of technology,” Munroe said. “I don’t intend for them to sit around and do menial tasks.”Like other city employees, students will be expected to put in requests for any absences. Munroe, who taught technology at the University of Phoenix and worked with children from 2-13 while living in Arizona, hopes to get 10-15 applicants.”I think this is going to be a lot of fun,” Munroe said.Contact Ivy Vogel: 945-8515, ext. 534ivogel@postindependent.comInternship infoFor more information about the internship, please call 384-6415. To submit an application, please call the city’s human resource department at 384-6412.To submit an application, please call the city’s human resource department at 384-6412.

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