Learning through Experience
Wally Wallington spent most of his life as a construction worker. After moving a barn using only sticks and stones, he nonchalantly took to building a modern Stonehenge in his backyard. Oh, and he just may have solved an ancient mystery in the process. No big deal, right?
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Wally didn’t use complicated mathematical formulas or years of postgraduate research to build his Stonehenge. He didn’t just wake up one day, grab some blocks, sticks and stones… then, voilà! The man had 35-years of experience under his belt; he had determination. So, it was a pretty big deal when he moved a 19,200 pound concrete block all by himself.
But, what does moving a 9.6 ton block have to do with the mission behind our internship program? Well, we’re firm believers in learning through experience and what it can accomplish. That’s why we work directly with college interns to help local businesses complete one-time projects. Our internship program gives interns an opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to real-world problems. In other words, they’re moving blocks, much like Wally.
Last year, our interns completed over 40 projects. They created feasibility studies for local non-profits, built websites, provided market research for growing businesses, and much more. Our interns learn through experience and drive change within our community. By working with local businesses, interns get the experience they need to find a job post-graduation, and they get to learn about Northfield!
While our interns have yet to solve a thousand year old mystery, they’re working hard to help Northfield businesses and grow their knowledge in the process.
Blog post written by Michaela Morgan, SPUR Northfield Project Coordinator.
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