Program gives high school students experience in the public sector



Each year the John Glenn College of Public Affairs selects high school students from Franklin County and surrounding areas to participate in the High School Internship Program (HSIP). HSIP is a unique public service internship program that allows students in the winter term of their senior year to gain first-hand experience within organizations in the public service sector. The students selected for the program also participate in an academic seminar at Ohio State that reinforces their internship experience by focusing on two main ideas: the American democracy and the nature and reason for public service.


The reason for public service differs for each student. For Carly Hooker, a 2015 HSIP participant, passion is the driving force. Hooker, a senior at Bexley High School, currently interns at Jewish Family Services of Columbus.


When asked what a typical day is like, Hooker said “It’s difficult to say what a ‘typical’ day is like, because I am constantly doing new things at my internship.” Hooker works directly with the CEO who has been able to include her in a variety of meetings that have given her a chance to see the wide range of what the organization does. Lately, Hooker has been doing a lot of work planning events for the community’s Holocaust survivors. Hooker is extremely involved with extracurricular activities when she is not in school or interning at Jewish Family Services. She recently played the role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde: The Musical.


Hooker, is an officer in Bexley’s top performing choir, and secretary of Bexley High School’s National Honor Society. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family,exercising, and drinking (too much) coffee.


In the fall, Hooker will continue her connection to the Glenn College by attending the Ohio State University. She is interested in K-12 education policy and is eager to start learning more about public service. “I am excited to study something that I am truly passionate about. I also can’t wait to take advantage of all the opportunities, for learning outside of the classroom will enhance my college experience even more,” said Hooker.







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