2019 Summer Internships

United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Ignite Program provides our region’s high school students with a four-week summer internship component designed to teach critical workplace skills and prepare students for the workplace through hands-on work experience. Internships bridge the gap between the worlds of learning and work by connecting students and schools with employees and employers.

For more information about the Summer 2019 internships opportunities near you, contact your Ignite School Coordinator.

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Meet the 2019 Ignite Interns

Morgan Campbell
Morgan CampbellHolston High School
Morgan Campbell will soon enter into her senior year at Holston High School with a summer of experience already under her belt. Through the Ignite Internship Program, Morgan will be working with the Bristol School Board office in the Finance department. As an analytical person, Morgan enjoys working closely with numbers. Morgan states that she is eager to gain experience this summer!
Eric Rector
Eric Rector Holston High School
Eric Rector is a rising freshman at Virginia Highlands Community College, graduating high school only a few weeks prior to beginning his internship through the Ignite Program. Eric will be working in the Marketing department at Emory and Henry this summer, where he will gain valuable experience. Eric states that he is excited to have this opportunity so early in his college career!
Holden Hunnicutt
Holden Hunnicutt John I. Burton High School
Holden Hunnicutt, rising senior at John I. Burton High School, is no stranger to the workforce. Holden will intern in food services at John I. Burton High School this summer, but will also continue to hold a separate part time job at Pals. According to Holden, “The Ignite internships offer the experience I want, but is very flexible with hours and scheduling.”
Joey Hayes
Joey HayesJohn I. Burton High School
Joey Hayes of John I. Burton High School is a rising senior, however he is utilizing his summer to intern with Norton Elementary and Middle Schools as a Custodian Assistant. Joey is excited to spend his summer in the schools, because he aspires to become an elementary school teacher. “The children deserve a clean school when they return in the fall, so I am happy to assist with making that happen,” said Joey
Jordan Marshall
Jordan MarshallGrundy High School
Jordan Marshall is a recent graduate of Grundy High School. Jordan will gain valuable knowledge this summer as West River Conveyor’s welding intern. He plans on entering the workforce shortly after his internship ends and attend night school at Southwest Virginia Community College. Jordan’s dad recently retired from West River Conveyor after 32 years, so he aspires to follow in his father’s footsteps!
Jonah Cochrane
Jonah Cochrane John I. Burton High School
Jonah Cochrane is a rising senior at John I. Burton High School, and will be interning with the Norton City School Board Office this summer. He will serve as the interim receptionist. According to Jonah, he is eager to expand his communication skills while gaining real world experience. “I really enjoy talking to people, so this feels like a great fit for me,” stated Jonah.
Nathan Ray
Nathan RayLebanon High School
Nathan Ray is a recent Lebanon High School graduate. He will continue his education at Southwest Virginia Community College, and will then transfer to a 4 year university where he will major in Computer Science. Nathan will gain real world experience at CGI Federal, Inc., an information technology consulting company, as an IT intern this summer. Nathan states that he is excited to work alongside the IT team to learn the skills necessary for the job!
Logan Blanco
Logan Blanco Holston High School
Logan Blanco is a rising senior at Holston High School, and will be working with Utility Trailer Manufacturing. She will hold an office clerical position, gaining workplace experience. Logan stated, “I am excited to use my time this summer in a productive way. I will not have much time to gain work experience during my senior year because I am taking dual enrollment classes, so having time this summer is very helpful for my future.”
McKenzie Barger
McKenzie BargerJohn Battle High School
McKenzie Barger recently graduated from John Battle High School, and will soon be joining the freshman class at Radford University this fall. She plans on majoring in Computer Science, and will already have real-world experience after completing her summer internship with Universal Fibers. When asked what she was hoping to gain from her Ignite Internship, McKenzie stated that she is eager to take the skills she learns with her moving forward.
Wil Osborne
Wil OsborneLebanon High School
Wil Osborne will be joining the University of Virginia family this fall. He is a recent graduate from Lebanon High School, and will gain experience in the IT field during his internship with CGI Federal, Inc., an information technology consulting company. Will is eager to work with the team and take his gained knowledge with him as he begins studying Computer Science at UVA.
Jules Lemmon
Jules LemmonJohn S. Battle High School
Jules Lemmon, a rising senior, will be interning for Universal Fibers. She will be working specifically with global sustainability. Aside from gaining valuable experience, the work that Jules will be assisting with will leave a lasting impact. “I wanted a summer job that I would not only learn from, but one that would be meaningful. The work I assist with this summer will help produce blankets for shelter dogs,” stated Jules.
Caleb Carico
Caleb Carico Ridge View High School
Caleb Carico is a recent graduate from Ridge View High School, and will soon be attending Southwest Virginia Community College. Caleb will be interning with General Engineering Company this summer, where he will learn machine working skills. Caleb is extremely dedicated to his work ethic, as he currently leaves each morning at 4:30 to make it to his part time job. He is eager to use this internship opportunity to narrow down his career path.
Sarah Graham
Sarah GrahamLee High School
Sarah Graham of Lee High School will be a senior once the new school year rolls around this fall. Sarah will be interning at LENOWISCO Planning District Commission this summer in the administrative office. According to Sarah, she is eager to work in a real office setting, interact with her coworkers, and gain authentic work experience! Among her fellow classmates, Sarah is currently ranked as Valedictorian.
Lucas Sperry
Lucas SperryGrundy High School
Lucas Sperry is a rising senior at Grundy High School. He will spend his summer learning valuable trades at West River Conveyors. Lucas plans on attending Southwest Virginia Community College after high school, where he will study welding. Lucas hopes to take what he learns during his internship with him into the next phase of his career planning.
Emily Breeding
Emily BreedingAbingdon High School
Emily Breeding is a rising senior at Abingdon High School, and stays regularly active with extracurricular sports and travel teams. However, this summer Emily will utilize her spare time as the Assistant to the Superintendent and Administrative Assistant at the Bristol City School Board Office. Upon completion of her senior year, Emily plans to major in education. She is eager to learn more about the various jobs within the education industry this summer.
Hannah Burnette
Hannah BurnetteCarroll County High School
Hannah Burnette is a rising senior at Carroll County High School, and is spending her summer as a Camp Assistant intern at Rooftop of Virginia. Hannah is gaining real-world experience as she works with middle school children, which she plans to apply to her future career planning as an elementary school teacher. According to Hannah, she has worked in elementary school settings before to assist the teachers, so gaining experience with an older group of children will be very beneficial!
Grant McDonel
Grant McDonelRadford High School
Grant McDonel is a recent Radford High School graduate, and will soon join the Radford University Highlander family this fall. Grant is spending his summer in his Alma Mater interning within the IT department. Grant plans on majoring in Computer Science once he begins classes at Radford University this fall, and is eager to apply his gained workplace knowledge inside the classroom.
Sidnee Snavely
Sidnee SnavelyGeorge Wythe High School
Sidnee Snavely will begin her senior year at George Wythe High School this fall, but is spending her time this summer as an intern for the Wythe County School Board Office. She is primarily responsible for keeping data records on inventory. Sidnee plans on attending Wytheville Community College and then transfer to Radford University to receive her nursing license. She is pleased to learn tips and tricks during her internship to become more detail-oriented, because she feels that it will greatly benefit her future nursing career
Preston Cannon
Preston CannonJohn S. Battle High School
Preston Cannon is a recent high school graduate and incoming freshman at Virginia Highlands Community College. Preston will be joining the Wize Solutions team this summer as he gains intern experience in cyber security. According to Preston, he is eager to learn while on the job. Preston states that he values hands on experiences as much as time in a classroom!
Conner Manuel
Conner Manuel George Wythe High School
Conner Manuel is gaining internship experience this summer at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials. Conner is a rising senior at George Wythe High School, and plans on attending VMI after graduation. He is happy to be working at Mitsubishi Chemical Advanced Materials, because his dad is a veteran employee there as well. Conner says he is eager to learn how people interact together in the work-place setting.
Robert Rife
Robert RifeGeorge Wythe High School
Robert Rife is a rising junior at George Wythe High School and is interning as an automotive assistant this summer. Robert is taking advantage of his internship through the Ignite program this summer to determine whether he wants to attend college after school or go straight to work. He is pleased to gain work experience and learn more about the work environment.
Catherine Grossman
Catherine GrossmanPatrick Henry High School
Catherine Grossman is a rising senior at Patrick Henry High School. She is interning at Emory and Henry College this summer as a Communications Special Projects Coordinator. Catherine is gaining valuable skills as she learns about the various social media marketing that local colleges and universities use to depict their overall image. She is happy to have this experience to help determine her own career path.
Zac Dickenson
Zac Dickenson Abingdon High School
Zac Dickenson is a recent Abingdon High School graduate with only one semester standing between him and an Associate’s Degree. He will be completing his Associate in Science at Virginia Highlands Community College this fall, and then transfer to Virginia Tech in the spring. Zac is interning with Washington County Public Schools in the Maintenance Department where he is gaining various hands-on skills.
Gavin Lester
Gavin LesterAbingdon High School
Gavin Lester recently graduated from Abingdon High School. He will be relocating to Charlottesville this fall to attending the University of Virginia where he will study Commerce. Gavin is earning internship experience this summer with Washington County Public Schools in the Maintenance Department. He is happy to not only learn new skills but to also gain a stronger work ethic.
Hayden McKinney
Hayden McKinneyPatrick Henry High School
Hayden McKinney will begin his senior year when school starts again this fall. He attends Patrick Henry High School and is interning with Washington County Schools this summer through the Ignite program. Hayden is happy that his internship will give him proper experience working in a school system, because he plans to go study School
Psychology in college.
Danielle Babcock
Danielle BabcockGeorge Wythe High School
Danielle Babcock is spending her summer in the Wythe County School Board Office as an inventory intern. She is a rising senior at George Wythe High School, and plans on attending Wytheville Community College after graduation. She is pleased to gain a sense of the professional world this summer. Danielle is happy that her summer internship will provide the skills needed to enter the workforce.
Luke Caudill
Luke CaudillPatrick Henry High School
Luke Caudill, rising junior of Patrick Henry High School, is interning with Washington County Public Schools this summer. He is working in the Maintenance Department and will gain valuable trade experiences. Luke is happy that this opportunity is providing work experience while helping him to narrow down his career path options.
Dawson Deel
Dawson DeelRidgeview High School
Dawson Deel is a recent graduate of Ridgeview High School. This summer, he is interning with Dickenson County Public Schools as a Technology Assistant. Aside from gaining valuable workplace experience, Dawson is learning more about how technology helps the world daily. He also has a better understanding of how it affects those who do not have access to technology.
Trent Cox
Trent CoxAbingdon High School
Trent Cox recently graduated from Abingdon High School and is spending his summer with Washington County Schools as a Maintenance Intern. He is using this time as an intern to help him decide if he wants to attend college or begin working right away. Trent is happy that this opportunity is providing both valuable life and trade skills that he can apply in the future.
Daniel Linkous
Daniel LinkousPulaski County High School
Daniel Linkous will begin his junior year at Pulaski County High School this fall with internship experience already under his belt. Daniel is interning with New River Community College as a Computer Lab Technician this summer. He is enjoying his internship because he receives individual tasks but also the opportunity to work together as a team to solve difficult problems.
Hunter Morrison
Hunter Morrison Patrick Henry High School
Hunter Morrison is a rising senior at Patrick Henry High School and is gaining experience during his summer internship with Washington County Schools. Hunter is working in the Maintenance Department where he is using a hard work ethic to complete daily tasks and duties. He is no stranger to hard work, though, because Hunter is already a certified mechanic!

Flyer

This flyer is to hang up at your school so students can gain interest and find out what their next steps should be!  Click here to download the flyer.

FAQ Handout

This handout is for teachers, Ignite School Coordinators, and students.  This can be distributed to students during class or hung up in locations around the school.  Click here to download the handout.

Program Manuals and Forms

Click here to download the manual for Ignite School Coordinators, guidance counselors, and teachers to read about preparing your students to apply and participate in a summer internship through Ignite.

Click here to download the Weekly Log to be turned in at the end of each week throughout your internship. The log includes a place to put dates worked, a description of what was done at the work site, and a spot for the intern and Internship Mentor to sign.

Click here to download the manual for students to read about preparing, applying, and participating in a summer internship through Ignite.

Click here to download the manual for Employers and Ignite Internship Mentors to read about preparing your organization, the interview process, and program participation when hosting a student intern this summer through Ignite.

Click here to download the packet of program forms that need to be signed and turned in before students can start applying for internships.  Packet includes: Internships Interest Sheet, Commitment Contract, and Letter of Recommendation Form.

Social Media Templates

Recruit students through PowerSchool, school newsletters, or on your school system’s social media pages.  Below are examples you can use, along with a downloadable Ignite Program Summer Internships image.

Message 1:
United Way of Southwest Virginia’s Ignite Program provides our region’s high school students with a four-week summer internship component designed to teach critical workplace skills and prepare students for the workplace through hands-on work experience.

Get in touch with your Ignite School Coordinator (Or insert ISC name instead) to apply today! #LiveUnited #IgniteSWVA”

Message 2:
“Are you ready to get to work? Apply for an internship! With over 35 businesses participating businesses and 96 available positions, there are plenty of opportunities for SWVA high school students to get involved this summer. #LiveUnited #IgniteSWVA”

Contact Information

If you have questions, need support, or would like additional information, contact one of our Youth Success staff members.

Melinda Leland
Melinda LelandManager of Youth Success
United Way of Southwest Virginia
mleland@unitedwayswva.org
Office: 276-628-2160 Extension: 4031
Crystal Breeding
Crystal BreedingYouth Success Coordinator
United Way of Southwest Virginia
cbreeding@unitedwayswva.org
Office: 276-628-2160 Extension: 4073
Megan Hamilton
Megan HamiltonYouth Success Coordinator
United Way of Southwest Virginia
mhamilton@unitedwayswva.org
Office: 276-628-2160 Extension: 4067