FRC students share internship experiences

Participants in Feather River College’s Fall Internship Showcase gather in the Gallery on Dec. 6. Student interns presented the results of their project-based learning experiences to an audience of their peers, mentors and instructors. Photos by Laura Beaton
Laura Beaton
Staff Writer

From Maidu culture to sheriff’s department ride-alongs, “below-the-waist health” to cooking workshops for the Independent Living Program, the audience gathered at Feather River College’s Internship Showcase on Dec. 6 learned some unusual facts from college interns.

Internship Program Director Rajinder Gill introduced the 14 student presenters during the 90-minute showcase. Enactus Advisor Amy Schulz was also on hand to describe some of the amazing projects taking place under the umbrella of Enactus and the Career Technical Education and Economic Workforce Development programs.

Many of the students’ mentors were present, supporting the interns who, in many cases, brought outstanding value to the businesses for which they interned.

Plumas Arts Director Roxanne Valladao and Gallery Manager/Events Coordinator Lori Davis were on hand to support two students who interned at the Plumas Arts Gallery.

Addie Openshaw’s mentor, Lane Labbe, president of American Valley Pet Supply, watched as Openshaw aired a brief promotional video showing off the company’s Nature Spa Pet Fountains.

Student Diego Lozano created a six-minute video of the internship program that highlighted a handful of interns as they progressed on their unique learning journeys.

Internships are many and varied, and Gill and Schulz are already preparing for spring semester internships.

There are four internship options available at FRC: through Enactus, traditional internship, virtual internship through SamaUSA and a mentorship.

As the workforce continues shifting toward independent contracting, real-world experience and project-based learning become ever more important, Schulz said.

She announced that a fundraising event is taking place Dec. 18 at American Valley Hardware. The local business is donating 5 percent of its sales to fund Enactus and its many life-changing projects, such as the Uganda water pipeline, mosquito net project and micro-grants to help establish business ventures for villagers in Mabare, Uganda.

To learn more or to enroll in FRC’s BUS 171 Project-Based Learning, contact Rajinder Gill at, Amy Schulz at or call 283-0202, ext. 358.

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