Building Columbia Connections: Internship and Service Fair Connects Students to Opportunities

Thursday, August 16, 2018


How can you make a difference in your community? That’s a question Upper School students explored on August 16th at an Internship and Service Fair coordinated by Heathwood’s Columbia Connections program.

The goal, said Columbia Connections Director Donnie Bain, was to connect students, faculty, and organizations, for the mutual benefit of all.

“Bringing these organizations on campus gives students a chance to learn more about service opportunities, internships and job shadowing, and even ideas for Senior Exhibition studies and research,” Mr. Bain said. “And it gives organizations a chance to recruit student volunteers, and faculty the ability to learn about educational opportunities offered by a variety of organizations.”

The Internship and Service Fair is just one of many ways Columbia Connections helps Heathwood students and faculty partner with community organizations for hands-on learning opportunities. Through relationships with dozens of community partners in the business, technology, nonprofit, government, and education sectors, Columbia Connections allows students to work with diverse members of the community and explore a range of issues, challenges, and opportunities, using different tools and resources, to gain a richer, more in-depth under standing of how the skills and knowledge they acquire in the classroom translate into real-world action.

Organizations that attended the Internship and Service Fair included:

  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources—Diversity Outreach Division
  • South Carolina Department of Natural Resources—Aquatic Education
  • SC State Museum
  • SC Department of Archives and History
  • Palmetto Conservation
  • The Koger Center
  • SONOCO Recycling
  • SC Economics
  • Transitions
  • Saluda Shoals Park
  • Carolina Wildlife Center
  • ItOlogy
  • Providence Health
  • Harbison State Forest
  • Riverbanks Zoo and Garden
  • Camp Discovery
  • Historic Columbia
  • EdVenture
  • Gills Creek Watershed