For any aspiring veterinarian, working with animals up-close would make summer that much more fun. Senior Kaitlin Linne had the opportunity to experience this first-hand. As a Zoo Teen at the Happy Hollow Park and Zoo, Linne spent nearly her entire summer forming connections between animals and visitors through meet-and-greets, running camps for kids and cleaning up after the zoo’s furred and feathered residents.
“I want to go to veterinary school since I have always loved animals and want to be in veterinary medicine. The zoo was a great way to allow me to work with animals and give me an insight into a field that I potentially could be working in,” Linne said.
Linne applied for the internship by submitting a resume, cover letter and written application, and then following up with an interview. After two weeks, she received an email inviting her to attend training for the position. Though each of the four training session lasted approximately eight hours long, Linne soon found herself contributing to the zoo and its animals. However, the work involved much more than what she originally envisioned.
Said Linne, “I came in thinking that it would be a lot of interacting with animals. While that is true and you get to see a lot of unique, exotic animals, it is also a lot of cleaning, education, taking notes and being with the general public.”
The internship continues into the school year, with Linne working at least four hours a month on weekends. Although she now has to balance it with schoolwork, she finds the real-life experience more valuable than just studying what is related to her field.
“I really enjoyed being able to have a unique view on zoos and a unique experience with the animals that I have never had before. It is a great way to meet people, interact with the public and help animals,” Linne said.
For anyone interested in also taking up a summer job or internship, Linne recommends doing research and finding jobs that they would be truly interested in.
As the sun inches towards the horizon on a peaceful Saturday, a crowd overflows the Memorial Park Amphitheatre, eager to experience Shakespeare’s play “A Midsummer Night Dream.” While countless students are seen on the benches enjoying the evening with their family, Cupertino High School junior Kiyomi Muntz is frantically working behind the scene to make sure the play runs smoothly
Over the Summer, Kiyomi spent his evening working for theatre company The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, where he traveled from city to city, assisting the crew in setting up and running the play.
The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the mission of making Shakespeare’s literature accessible to everyone. Every summer, the SF Shakespeare Festival hosts free Shakespeare in the Park productions. In this event, one of Shakespeare’s plays is performed at a local park or theatre in the evening from Thursday through Sunday. The tour begins in Pleasanton and moves through Cupertino, Redwood, and San Francisco over a four-month period.
Kiyomi took on a variety of tasks for his job. To prepare the show, Kiyomi helps to set up the sound and lighting system, as well as the cables. During the show, he controlled the lighting and effects.
Kiyomi’s relationship with theatre began long before he interned for the plays. From the age of seven, Kiyomi has taken part in the organization’s Shakespeare Camps. In the camp, members are given two weeks to learn and practice a play by Shakespeare before performing it. In school, he ran the lighting for Cupertino Actors Theatre, where rehearsals took up four days a week.
The job was difficult, and nights were short-staffed and especially long. In his opinion, the hardest part is when they are moving the props from one city to another, as adjustments must be made when setting up the show in a different environment. This is especially true for Memorial Park, where the moat around the stage required the team to use different tools and techniques to set the lights. Oftentimes, he had to cut back on sleep to meet the demands.
Despite the difficulties, Kiyomi found the job to be fun and worthwhile. In particular, the other staff was always fun and exciting, which made the job easy for him. From his experience in both CAT and Shakespeare at the Park, Kiyomi learned to know his limits and to not take on too much at a time. For example, Kiyomi chooses to take easier classes during the school year to make more time for these pursuits. Kiyomi also stressed the importance of enjoying the work. “During [the job], make sure you know the other people and have fun,” Muntz said.