Apprenticeships provide opportunities
Patrick Henry College's commitment to a biblical worldview and rigorous academic program distinguishes it from most other colleges. But it is the college's apprenticeship methodology, which integrates practical professional experience into every field of study, that truly prepares graduates for the realities of the contemporary workplace.
In this part of the PHC experience, students are excelling.
Senior goes to Hollywood
One PHC student spent his summer working as an intern at NBC headquarters in Burbank, California. Following the internship, he was placed in a paid position in the office of Kevin Riley, president of NBC Entertainment. Like others in the program, he received academic credit for his summer experience. This same student now interns at NBC's Washington, D.C., office while taking his fall classes at PHC.
Another student, Abigail Pilgrim, spent her summer in the department of film and television at National Geographic in Washington, D.C. Competition for this internship was tough, and this was no run-of-the-mill internship. Instead of merely making and delivering photocopies, she previewed letters with story ideas and played an initial part in determining subjects for stories. She also conducted research and wrote proposals on story suggestions.
Kyle Murray and Ben Mills tour Caesarea as part of their internship with the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies.
Fighting terrorism in Israel
Kyle Murray and Ben Mills were two of only 44 students nationwide selected to take part in an undergraduate fellows program sponsored by the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD), which familiarizes students with terrorist threats against America and other democracies around the world. The year-long program started with an all-expense-paid trip to Israel, where Kyle and Ben spent three days in intense graduate-level classes that included speakers such as a former chief of the Mossad (equivalent to the CIA) and intelligence personnel from the Israeli Defense Forces. They then spent a week and a half gaining hands-on field experience. At one point, they interviewed terrorists face-to-face in the highest-security prison in Israel.
PHC's mission at work
While these students have had exceptional opportunities in learning enrichment, they are not alone. Other PHC students have interned at the White House, on Capitol Hill, at local and national media outlets, for state governments. and throughout many of the most influential offices in Washington, D.C.
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About this article
This article originally appeared as "Summer Break," by junior Aaron Olmstead, in PHC's student magazine The Source (September 12, 2005, Vol. 1, No. 1).