Highlighting the FCC Internship Program
Each semester, dozens of FCC students gain work experience and academic credit through an internship. In the last year, students have interned for organizations such as AstraZeneca/Medimmune, Maryland School for the Deaf, Baltimore City Mayor's Office of Emergency Management, the U.S. Coast Guard, and WHAG-TV.
Read below to hear first-hand from one student who completed her internship last month.
Heather Gardner, 42, Paralegal Studies graduate
: Russell & Heffner, LLC
What experience did you gain from this internship?
I learned valuable skills that I will continue to use in my career. On a daily basis, I had the opportunity to interact with clients and attorneys. I gained experience drafting a variety of legal documents, assisted the attorney in preparing bankruptcy filings, scheduling, and going to the courthouse to file cases, and with many other activities.
How will your internship help in your future career goals?
I now work full-time at Russell & Heffner, LLC as a paralegal. The internship helped me acclimate to the job and the career field. Learning the necessary skills at FCC prepared me for this career and being able to put them into practice on the job was very rewarding.
What are your post-FCC plans?
I am pursuing my B.A. in Legal Studies at the University of Maryland. I will stay with Russell & Heffner as a paralegal and plan to continue to grow as a legal professional.
Interested in serving as an internship site?
If you are a business leader interested in serving as an internship site for an FCC student, contact Internship Coordinator Kristi Waters at email@example.com or 301-624-2724.
For more information about the internship program, click here
Moving Mountains Speaker Event Will Feature MSP Helicopter Pilot
Kristine Yaroschuk, a Maryland State Police (MSP) helicopter pilot, will be the featured speaker at the Frederick Community College Moving Mountains speaker series on Wednesday, Jan. 11, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m.
The series features inspiring professionals who share their life experiences and encourage teens and young adults to set the bar high in all areas of their lives.
The sessions are free and open to the public and will take place in the JBK Theater, located inside the Visual & Performing Arts Center on campus.
Yaroschuk has been a civilian pilot with MSP for the last nine years, and was the only female pilot until last year. Based at Trooper 3 in Frederick, Yaroschuk flies medics to a variety of different scenes and situations. She gets dispatched to help trauma victims, assist in search and rescue operations, perform disaster assessment, collect evidence, and support the MSP in other ways.
Prior to her role with the MSP, she was a pilot for Era Group Inc. in the Gulf of Mexico, where she flew employees to and from oil platforms and rigs.
Yaroschuk didn’t know she wanted to become a pilot until her early 30s. She had held numerous other jobs including as a dog trainer, coffee shop manager, caterer, waiter, and facilitator for organizational development workshops.
Yaroschuk credits an experience she had while living in Los Angeles with giving her the motivation to make a career change. After taking up paragliding, she witnessed a handful of accidents that resulted in serious injuries. During one accident, she had to call 911 from a mountain to help an injured paraglider.
“As I was providing ground support to the injured person, I saw the helicopter approach, felt the air from the blades, and watched as the EMT was lowered down,” Yaroschuk said. “That’s when I realized what I was supposed to do in life.”
After that experience, she immediately started researching jobs and training opportunities for pilots and quickly changed the course of her professional life. Her favorite aspect of her career now is the ability to help people.
In addition to Yaroschuk, upcoming speakers include:
• February 15 - Jason Lee, business owner and community leader
• March 21 - Amelia Draper, NBC4-Washington Meteorologist
• April 12 - Mia Russell, financial expert and educator with University of Maryland Extension
• May 17 - Maurice Arenas, studio musician, performer, and TrueFire artist.
For more information about the series, contact Mike Pritchard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301.846.2417.
Photo credit: Sass Magazine/Jessica Patterson Photography
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