The non-profit organization offers internships to local high school students

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — In an effort to help college students make informed choices to achieve their career goals, a national nonprofit organization is offering internship opportunities for high school students in the San Diego area.

Student Izzy Fitzgerald shared with ABC 10News how her experience of participating in the program changed her life forever.

Izzy said she’s always been ambitious, but thinking about her future, her reality made things a bit harder. She grew up in a household that she felt didn’t have a lot of money, which is one of the reasons she never thought higher education could be in her future.

“I didn’t think I could go to college after community college,” the 18-year-old said.

But like Izzy, she made the decision to embark on a journey, an internship program at her high school, and she didn’t know, where she was headed.

“And through those opportunities, I discovered that maybe I didn’t want to get into fashion design,” Izzy explained.

San Diego Met High School is one of 80 schools that practices global learning, an approach to education that combines academic work with real-world learning. In collaboration with American Student Assistance, the school offers internship opportunities.

“Internships in particular allow children to develop their skills, understand their professional activity and begin to create a social network,” said Julie Lammers, representative of American Student Assistance.

The program opened the door to Izzy’s new passion.

“The best internship I had was without a doubt in the San Diego mayor’s office, and after working there I found a love for politics and sociology,” Izzy said.

The internship opportunity eventually became her full-time job.

“And that helped me a lot because through that job I was able to buy my car and started saving for college and being able to afford it now,” Izzy added.

Confident and determined, Izzy is now preparing to embark on her new journey at the University of San Francisco, as she pursues a career in sociology and political science – all thanks to her hands-on experience in this program.

“My whole life changed because of this internship and San Diego Met High School,” Izzy said.

For more information on internship opportunities available for high school students, visit Where

Virginia S. Braud