D211 Post: Fremd Holds Internship Signing Day

            William Fremd High School held its first ever Internship Signing Day in the school’s gym April 24.  The event, which was modeled off of College Signing Days, students signed letters of intent to participate in internships with area businesses during the summer.

            This year students will fill internships in approximately 60 different businesses including Motorola Solutions, Cisco Solutions, and Porter Lee, and many others.  During the signing ceremony Principal Kurt Tenopir thanked the businesses for providing students with internship opportunities.  Tenopir added that the signed letters represented the students’ promise to represent themselves and Fremd High School in a professional manner in the workplace.

            Any District 211 student wishing to get involved in the internship course is encouraged to join the Schoology course RPCG6-58VQR.  Companies who wish to host internships can fill out the form at www.tinyurl.com/internshiphost.

D211 Post: Cisco Systems Adds Student Interns Following Career Expo

Photo courtesy of Cisco Systems.

            On April 4, 2018, Township High School District held its first Career Expo.  The expo was attended by nearly 100 area businesses representing all 16 career clusters, as well as more than 400 students looking to explore post-education career possibilities.

            One business in attendance was Cisco Systems.  Service Delivery Lead Ramya Vijay said she heard about the expo from District 211 Internship Coordinator Jan Brottman.  Ramya said she was acquainted with the District due to the networking courses focusing on Cisco was offered at the Palatine High School.

            “We saw this, in part, as a way to encourage more students to take networking courses,” she said.  “We felt that  District 211 was the best to start expanding our STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives.” During the Career Expo, We had an overwhelming number of students interested in internships with Cisco.

            “We received more than 50 resumes,” Ramya said.  “After rigorous interviews, we selected 10 students to intern with us.  Cisco also wants to encourage girls in STEM , so had a good number of girls join our internship as well”

            During the internship, students were exposed to the many aspects of Cisco including hands-on lab work, tech classes, applications in real-world scenarios, and meetings with various executives from Cisco.  They were asked to create ideas and present business case for entrepreneurship during their innovation challenge. Students were awarded gift certificates for the best idea for the innovation challenge.   Ramya and her Cisco team were very impressed with the District students.

Photo courtesy of Cisco Systems.

            “The students were highly motivated and disciplined,” Ramya said.  “No one missed any classes.  There was a lot of engagement from students and parents.  While they learned from us, we also learned a lot of things from them as well.  It was a great experience.”

            Ramya added that she was impressed with the Career Expo.

            “It’s a wonderful thing to have the expo,” she said.  “It is never dry.  We had a constant stream of students and parents.  This expo is time well spent for any business.”

            This year’s Career Expo will be March 13, at Schaumburg High Schools.  Businesses wishing to participate can sign up at www.tinyurl.com/2019D211Expo The deadline for businesses to register is February 22.


D211 Post: Schaumburg Business Leader Promotes School Partnership During Tour

Innovative Components Inc. President Mike O’Connor discusses recruiting high school students into the labor market during a tour of his company in Schaumburg Oct. 25.

            Illinois Deputy Governor Leslie Munger, President and CEO of Intersect Illinois Mark Peterson, Commerce and Economic Opportunity Assistant Deputy Director Erik Brejla and others toured Innovative Components Inc. Schaumburg facility as part of a local business tour arranged by the Schaumburg Business Association October 25.

            During opening remarks, Innovative Components President Mike O’Connor discussed the importance of reaching high school aged students.  One item O’Connor focused on was the program his company runs which recruits students from local high schools.  He also discussed the working relationship his company has had with Township High School District 211 and Township High School District 214 through programs for students with special needs.

            “We are grateful for Innovative Component’s partnership with the District in creating opportunities for all students,” said District 211 Director of Special Education Renée Erickson.  “It is through this partnership our students can experience the world of work, with the real potential for post-secondary opportunities in continued education, training and employment.”

            Following the opening remarks, the delegation, as well as representatives from Districts 211 and 214 walked through the workshop.  Inside they were greeted by a recent Schaumburg High School graduate who discussed the nature of his job with Innovative Components.  The group also observed special needs students from District 211’s Higgins Education Center packaging one of the many styles of nobs created by Innovative Components.

            Following the tour, Deputy Governor Munger spoke on how she was impressed by the partnerships between the company and school districts.  She also expressed her appreciation for seeing special needs students being given the opportunity to learn a skill and continue working.

Innovative Components Inc. President Mike O’Connor discusses his company’s operations with Illinois Deputy Governor Leslie Munger and Intersect Illinois President and CEO Mark Peterson during a tour Oct. 25.

D211 Post: D211 Internship Students Had a Transformative Summer

Fifty five different companies stepped up to provide 143 students with a variety of career choices to explore this summer through internships.  Most high school students never get this opportunity.  The efforts of these hosts are extremely appreciated.   This program continues the vision of the district to prepare students to be college and career ready for the 21st century.  As one of  the company hosts Robyn Safron from Hydraforce in Lincolnshire says, “You don’t know what you’re missing if you don’t do it.”  Greg Ohm from Bingaman Precision said an unexpected positive result of hosting an intern was the effect on his own employees rising up and teaching their craft which made them even better at their job.  It is not a charitable effort, it is a good business decision for building the talent pool of our community. 

One Motorola intern when asked: What was the most valuable part of the internship experience said, “I was able to learn and understand the processes that workers experience when developing projects and apply what I learned into a helpful and cooperative presentation of our group project as well as develop a sharper sense for public speaking.”    A Walgreens intern said, “I truly learned what pharmacists do which taught me more clearly what I wish to do in the future.”

When asked if they would recommend this internship to other students in the future, an Arlington Pediatrics intern said, “  For students who plan to enter the Medical Field, this Internship is very important to understand if they are making the right decision. To become a doctor is a long and difficult road, and the student needs to comprehend if this is right for them or not. As for Arlington Pediatrics Ltd. it is an excellent place to have this exposure. It is a friendly environment. The nurses, doctors, and staff are very welcoming and open to explain their profession to students. Definitely during this Internship I learned a lot. I hope plenty of D211 prospective medical students will have the chance I had this summer to be part of this excellent internship.”

Township High School District 211 would like to partner with businesses in the community to continue helping prepare our students for their future careers.  Do you own, manage, or work at a business/organization that could benefit from a high school intern for the summer?  Just imagine the positive impact on educational outcomes and the talent pool if every Chicago area business, regardless of size, aligned itself with a high school student and provided hands-on, human capital resources and assistance.  Please contact Jan Brottman at jbrottman@d211.org, or contact the career advisor at your school if you would be interested in hosting a student next summer.

William Fremd Junior Amborzia Itellari, Dr. Dave Brottman, and James B. Conant Senior Kimi Nijjar pose together after Itellari and Nijjar completed a 3-week internship at Arlington Pediatrics.

D211 Post: Thinking About a Summer Internship? Start Looking Now


            Students throughout Township High School District 211 who are considering summer internships are encouraged to start speaking with their school’s career advisors soon.  The district’s internship program offers students to work with area businesses to learn skills which will benefit them in their future.

            “It’s a great way for them to learn life skills and beef up college resumes while earning great experience,” said Jan Brottman, District 211 Internship Coordinator. 

            Brottman said students should attend the district’s College Night at Palatine High School October 11.  There, they will have the opportunity to learn more about the program as well as meet with internship hosts from previous years.  She said any employers wishing to join the program should contact her at jbrottman@d211.org

            Lisa Small, associate superintendent for instruction for District 211, said the number of internships have tripled in the past year.  She said that is a benefit to the community.

            “This really is a community outreach on the company’s end,” said Small.  “I think each year we’re going to increase our number of internships as more students understand the value of it and more businesses open their doors to welcome our kids into them.”

District 211 to Host Summer Internship Informational Meeting for Community Business Owners

Community business owners are invited to attend a Summer Internship Informational Meeting to learn about starting an internship program for students.

The summer internship informational meeting will take place on March 15 from 7 to 8 p.m. at the G.A. McElroy Administration Center, 1750 S. Roselle Rd., in Palatine.

Attendees will listen to a panel of speakers who have successfully integrated interns into their business as well as a panel of students who will speak about their experiences. An opportunity to ask questions about hiring student interns will be available as well.

District 211 will also host an internship fair that will take place April 12 from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Schaumburg High School. Email Jan Brottman, jbrottman@d211.org, D211 Internship Coordinator, if you would like a table at the fair.  Sign up now to host an intern at https://tinyurl.com/internshiphost