ASD organizes internships

Over the summer, many students at the Academy for Science and Design interned with local businesses and organizations.

Graduation requirements at ASD demand that students intern for at least 100 hours to obtain real-world knowledge and expertise in a specialized field. Students must complete their internships in the summer before their junior year, during their junior year, or during the summer before their senior year. These internships can be paid or unpaid.

Many businesses require that interns must be at least 18 years old, so many seek college students to fill these positions. In some fields, such as medicine, internships can be difficult to find due to laws protecting doctor-patient confidentiality.

Even with all the obstacles out there, many ASD students find extremely valuable internships that give them educational experiences and deep knowledge that could rarely be obtained in a traditional classroom.

This summer, I completed a bio-med internship at the Humane Society for Greater Nashua, where I assisted the veterinary staff with their everyday tasks around the shelter.

Since there are no confidentiality laws for working with shelter animals, I could assist the veterinary staff in examining, medicating, vaccinating, and performing surgery on the animals at HSFN.

I was able to apply what I had learned in AP biology to the real world of medicine. It was an incredibly valuable experience that taught me a lot about medicine.

Junior Nikolas Melkumyan, a biology-focused student at ASD, completed his internship this summer at the Boston Leadership Institute. Through this program, he was able to choose a topic in the field of neuroscience where he performed research and gave an in-depth presentation on the findings.

"It was a very interesting opportunity. It definitely helped me shape my career path for the future," Melkumyan said.

Senior Nathan Daigle completed his internship with Microscan Systems Inc., a machine vision company. He worked under the supervision of the engineering team and assisted with projects from testing products to building databases.

After Daigle’s internship hours were complete, Microscan offered him a part-time job.

"I am now working on even more exciting things, like building a signal generator for stress testing power cycles and designing a racking system for some specialized equipment," Daigle said.

Whatever field ASD students are most interested in, there is a potential internship in the community to help them succeed.

Ian Ayer is a junior at The Academy for Science and Design in Nashua.