Just a few months after beginning our Digital Media Design program, high school junior Emily Burdikoff is putting new design and social media skills learned in the program to good use—helping an area business partner spread the word about its work in renewable energy.
“I want to go into digital media and photography when I graduate, so this is perfect for me,” Burdikoff said of a paid internship with the Livingston Energy Group.
“One project I worked on is ‘Get on the Map Monday’ where I highlighted a recent project that Livingston was involved with using photographs and graphics. I also created a post for LinkedIn, Instagram and other social media,” Burdikoff explained. “I like it a lot and I am getting great experience.”
Digital Media Design teacher Barb Gorbaty said Burdikoff is a well-prepared student with a drive and passion to succeed.
“Emily really took charge and took over the application process as soon as she could,” Gorbaty said. “[Emily] is very organized and professional.”
Burdikoff applied for the internship in the hopes of gaining experience that will pay off in the future.
“Initially, I thought if nothing else I will have created a resume, put together the portfolio and gone through the process and at least I would have gained that experience. I am so happy to have gotten the internship, though,” Burdikoff said. “I really wanted to have the experience and know what the workplace is like before I graduate. This has been great.”
Partnering for Success
Capital Region BOCES partners with more than 300 businesses, unions and institutions that offer work-based learning, expert advice and even jobs to students. Emily Burdikoff’s internship at the Livingston Energy Group is an example of this sort of partnership.