Interns are getting younger — and they’re not just fetching coffee any more

Emily Armstrong, a 2009 Helias graduate, poses with Donna Karan. Armstrong interned at Donna Karan New York and has been invited back to help behind the scenes at Fashion Week.

Emily Armstrong, a 2009 Helias graduate, poses with Donna Karan. Armstrong interned at Donna Karan New York and has been invited back to help behind the scenes at Fashion Week.

The internship has moved beyond delivering coffee and picking up dry cleaning. High school and college students are seeking more and more internships at younger and younger ages, trying to boost their resumes and figure out what to do with their lives.

The Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce led an Internship Initiative this summer as a way to show young people the city has a lot to offer in terms of career prospects.

Tyler Smith, a 20-year-old from Kansas City, did a Google search for internships and found one at Bartlett and West, a Jefferson City engineering firm.

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He spent the summer surveying and assisting with a bank stabilization project near the South Moreau River and a stormwater drainage project in the town of California.

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