Aaron Younger, Wellston, and Jessica Nester, Prague, are among more than 20 interns in the automotive collision repair technology program at Oklahoma State University’s Okmulgee campus.
The interns are practicing in collision repair shops across the state what they have learned in school. All of them will graduate from school at the end of summer.
Younger is interning at Steve’s Body Shop in Shawnee, while Nester is interning at Fisher’s Collision Center in Norman.
The program requires three eight-week internships prior to graduation. According to program chair Mike Avant, the regimen of alternating education with real-life, on-the-job experience helps both students and the program in many ways.
“It’s reassuring to know that every one of our interns will have a job when they graduate,” said Avant. “These young men and women are going out to intern in repair shops that intend to hire them after they graduate.”
Avant said the students receive a salary while interning at their respective shops. In the 24 weeks required as interns they should make enough money to pay for tuition, fees and possibly even extra tools.