Friday, February 22, 2019

Young adults can benefit from county internships on post

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By Garrison Public Affairs

Through a coordinated partnership between the Mount Vernon High School and Belvoir’s DFMWR, non-paying internships and practicums are available to students to work in a variety of DFMWR facilities on Fort Belvoir.

Romel Voellm, Belvoir FMWR’s community activities center director, has three youth working for him, behind-the-scenes, at the Community Center.

“The program is great and very beneficial to us,” he said. “They help us get organized and ready for events and are learning all about teamwork, communication, responsibility and task completion. These are all exceptionally valuable skills for their futures.”

The ultimate goal of the FCPS Career and Transition Services program is to provide students with requisite skills for employment and education. FCPS students get direct instruction in a workplace environment, which helps them generalize and apply skills learned in the classroom to the work environment.

FMWR worksites are an extension of the classroom for three FCPS students, with a fourth joining the team this month. FCPS students work at a variety of locations, as volunteers and interns in jobs that support service and program delivery.

The students support DFMWR’s core mission in several ways, make it a better organization and get pathways toward employment, according to Berry Patrick, Belvoir’s MWR director. Available internships and practicums are available in social work and social services, including Family and Victim Advocacy; Exceptional Family Member (special needs); Financial Readiness; Employment Readiness; early childhood education; recreation; sports; and fitness.

Fitness opportunities include outdoor recreation; fitness facilities; community recreation; hospitality and special events and facilities, including MWR’s Golf Course, Bowling Center and the Officers’ Club. Opportunities may also be available in marketing and advertising. In accounting, DFMWR’s financial management branch provides training and exposure to a multi-million dollar operating budget and internal controls.

The partnership is a win-win for the students, the Garrison, and DFMWR and ultimately helps young people to enter the work world,” Patrick said.

The internship program is part of Fairfax County Public Schools Secondary Transition to Employment Program, a subset of Career and Transition Services, for young adults ages 18-22.

For information, call 703-805-3390 or 703-805-2532.

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