Mission Possible Kids (MPK) has been connecting high school and college students in Plano with summer internships for many years, empowering them to be agents of change in the world by helping others, and this summer – despite the COVID-19 pandemic – was no different. Though all internships were held virtually, MPK suvvessfully created opportunities for 19 teenagers in Plano this summer.
MPK was created in 2003 to empower kids and teens to make a difference in the community through volunteering. The nonprofit’s “top secret missions” include stocking food banks, making gifts for children in hospitals and shelters and assisting with disaster relief.
Each summer MPK matches teens to an area of interest to provide them with professional-level job experience. It is the largest single-site internship provider in Plano for high school students. Past MPK interns have gone on to work for Disney, Google and Harvard, and in the medical, legal, educational and engineering fields.
“After two summers of working for MPK, I have seen a monumental difference in my skills and abilities when it comes to writing, editing and collaborating,” said intern Caroline Thiemann. “Not only has MPK helped prepare me for college, it has hardened life skills that I will be utilizing for the rest of my life.”
By May of this year, MPK knew that its 19 interns would all be working remotely this summer. The nonprofit still wanted to ensure that the experience was fulfilling and educational, giving each intern the skills they need to stand out on applications for college, scholarships and future jobs. MPK also provided its usual interview coaching and personal finance training.
“Working for Mission Possible Kids this summer was an experience like no other,” said intern Michael Chyobotov. “To be able to work in a professional environment while also maintaining the ability to make mistakes and learn from them is truly unique. I would recommend that high schoolers seek out a similar experience that genuinely prepares young adults for their futures.”Mission Possible Kids >