Aireon is tapping into the high school talent in Washington, D.C., to fuel the next generation of business professionals.
Since 2017, Aireon has partnered with Don Bosco Rey High School of Takoma Park, Md., to sponsor high school students at its corporate headquarters in McLean, Va. During their three-year internship at Aireon, the students gain exposure to a variety of disciplines, including corporate culture, general business, marketing, engineering, finance, management, and IT. And at the end their internship, Aireon awards each intern up to a $7,500 scholarship to further their education beyond high school
“Growing our program from just one freshman intern in 2017, we now host four students a year. Our interns have the opportunity to be a part of the Aireon team for three years of high school, garnering a deeper and more meaningful internship experience,” said Yalonda Dabney, Aireon office manager and Don Bosco internship coordinator. “This program is so important because not only are we helping our interns fulfill their dreams, we are molding what could be our future Aireon employee.”
Sherlin Toro, who will be finishing her four-year Aireon internship this summer, shared, “During my time with Aireon I’ve learned organizational skills, how to collaborate between departments, and the importance of asking questions”. Sherlin will go on to Prince Georges Community College this fall to pursue a dual degree in culinary arts and business administration in hopes of starting her own Latin American fusion restaurant.
Mikaela Campos has nearly completed her first summer with Aireon. When asked what her favorite part of the internship experience has been she expressed, “I enjoy how welcoming the office is. During my summer I’ve enjoyed learning about programming and office administration. I hope in my next two summers I’ll be able to get more experience coding before college.” Mikaela plans to attend a four year college to pursue a career in engineering or software development.