Milton Hershey School Students ‘Ring the Bell’ on a Sweet Summer Internship
Learning by doing has always been the educational way for Milton Hershey School students. It’s based on Milton and Catherine Hershey’s own vision for the school—rooted in Mr. Hershey’s own life and early hands-on learning experiences. This summer, the Spartan Internship program has expanded to include 21 high school students interning at The Hershey Company. Their four week internship covered all facets of the snacking company, from culture to supply chain, marketing, mock interviews, and research & development in the art of how chocolate is made. They listened to speakers from each department, gained professional skills, learned about teamwork, and shared how Mr. Hershey’s work has impacted lives locally and globally for more than 100 years.
On, Thursday, June 22, rising juniors Jael Ingram and Rayane El Abdellaoui along with alumnus and program coordinator, Pedro Rodriguez ’18 rang a ceremonial bell in the lobby of The Hershey Company headquarters. Surrounded by employees, the monthly observance allows company employees to celebrate new and exciting opportunities. The moment kickstarted the summer program and allowed employees to welcome the students.
“We’re here to celebrate the big wins and the little wins that are propelling our business forward,” said Charles Raup The Hershey Company’s President of U.S. Confection. “There is nothing better than being associated with Milton Hershey School and it really puts a spring in our step.”
As partners in the mission of MHS, these professional mentoring relationships enrich not only our students but the adults too.
“To see my MHS brothers and sisters get this experience means a lot to me,” said Rodriguez.
At MHS, internships are matched to each student’s chosen career pathway in the school’s award-winning Career and Technical Education program. Through the program, students also learn employability skills, such as time management, and organization—all qualities that employers value.