Internship Success Story: Kaylee, Precious Pets

Posted on April 16, 2021

Hi! I’m Kaylee and I am currently a senior at New Technology High School in Sioux Falls and an intern at Precious Pets.

I was unsure of what I wanted to do after high school and heard about the internship class from former students. They said it could offer me the opportunity to participate in an internship and help get my foot in the door of a career I might be interested in. I thought this would be a great opportunity to decide what I want to study after high school.

Terra, a Career Advisor with the South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Job Service office, has helped me so much. I talked to her about a career in nursing and a career as a veterinary technician. Due to the pandemic, getting an internship at a hospital or with a veterinarian office was difficult and we were unable to make that happen. We decided the next best thing would be to pursue an internship with a pet groomer to get some experience with animals as well as valuable work experience.

I plan to go to college for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree at the University Center in Sioux Falls. My original plan was to work toward my LPN degree at Southeast Technical College, but decided, with Terra’s guidance, to go ahead and get the higher degree to give me a wider range of career opportunities. She was also able to guide me to some scholarships and other financial resources.

If you are thinking about your next steps after high school and want some guidance, I highly recommend reaching out to Terra or a career advisor in your area for help. Be specific about what you are looking for and what you are interested in, but also be flexible and keep your options open. You may be surprised and find something you really enjoy that you hadn’t thought of before.

I love everything about my internship at Precious Pets, a family-owned business that provides grooming services and doggie daycare in Sioux Falls.

I started out cleaning and sweeping up hair in the grooming room. I really enjoyed this since I was able to talk and interact with the groomers and get to know them. I slowly started to gain confidence and asked if I could learn how to bathe the dogs. They trained me and now I get to hang out and bathe people’s sweet dogs during my internship hours. I love the staff here; they are all so welcoming and funny and there is never a boring moment at Precious Pets!

I want to say thank you to my internship teacher Ms. Schultz and my career advisor Terra for making this internship happen for me! I never thought an opportunity like this would cross my path.

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