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AOIT interns find success with major corporations

Written by: Kaitlyn Long // Apex AOIT Class of 2016


For Apex AOIT, the significance of completing a business internship is critical. In fact, all of the directors to preside over the Academy since its creation in 2001 have required an internship to be completed as a prerequisite for graduation from AOIT.

Every student in our nationally-acclaimed Academy learns about career-readiness, and participates in regular activities to ensure that professional behaviors are learned, practiced, and refined. All of these are taught in preparation not only for a student’s internship, but for post-education life in the “real world.” More than simply teaching our students about how to be prepared for life in the business world, the Academy also instructs that for which we were named: information technology.

Many students, especially those with a particularly strong interest in technology and the concepts they’ve been taught in their AOIT classes, choose to connect their knowledge of IT with their required internship in a local technology company. Two students who elected this choice, and who have exceptionally notable stories, are Dhvani Bhatia (AOIT class of 2016) and Meredith Bailey (AOIT class of 2015).

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The concept behind SAS began as an attempt to analyze research collected about agriculture at NCSU.

Bhatia and Bailey secured internships at SAS Institute, located in Cary, North Carolina. Since its founding in 1976, SAS has grown into the largest analytics software company the world has ever known, with genuine rivals taking years, even decades to present themselves. Due to the active participation of SAS C.E.O. Dr. Jim Goodnight, Apex High’s AOIT program and SAS have maintained a strong partnership for years. Apex is even a proprietor of a class dedicated to teaching students SAS programming specifics.

During her internship at SAS, Bhatia was dubbed an “Information Technology Intern,” and was one of four AOIT students to join the SAS team in 2015. Bhatia, a student of the Web Development track, was the only intern with no prior programming experience outside of Programming I.

“I had no idea what they were talking about,” laughs Bhatia. “I actually started Googling the things they were saying just so I could understand!” Her supervisors took note of this, and immediately made an adjustment. They noticed Bhatia’s unique talent for writing, and combined her two interests into one critical job. “Basically, I would go through all of this really sophisticated code, and write about it in a way that would be understandable to people with no knowledge of technology.”

Because of her time spent in AOIT, Bhatia was able to apply her prior knowledge of technological skills. “E-Commerce I with Mrs. Evans saved my life!” she declared. Over the course of her internship, Bhatia taught herself JavaScript, and enhanced her HTML skills. Her lack of knowledge of programming allowed her to shine in another way: she was the only intern who knew the fundamentals of HTML.

However, she says that the biggest thing AOIT assisted her in doing in her internship were the things that can’t be taught with tests and quizzes in a traditional classroom setting. Bhatia claims that AOIT gave her the foundation and confidence she needed to successfully conduct meetings, get information to and from people, and, essentially, communicate effectively.

In evaluation of her time spent at SAS thus far, she remarks, “I could definitely see myself doing tech writing [as a career].” Her interests steer her more towards business, but she greatly enjoys the combination of her two passions—writing and computer science. She intends to minor in English in college next year.

However, this is not what makes Bhatia’s story memorable. At the end of summer, with the beginning of their senior year looming in the near distance, the four students prepared to end their time at SAS. That is, until Bhatia got an offer to continue her work at SAS, this time as a full-time intern.

She accepted, and is now managing a full course-load at school, plus her work at SAS.

Dhvani Bhatia is the definition of an Academy success story: she translated the talents gained in her education to an area of work she never dreamed she’d enjoy, and excelled in such a way that her superiors not only took note, but wanted her to continue her work as a regular member of the company.

Online Payment for 2015-2016 School Year

The AoIT program will move to completely online payments for the 2015-2016 school year.  More information will be shared by Mr. Evans at the parent orientation meeting on Wednesday.  Payments and donations are handled through the AoIT program’s PayPal account.  Don’t worry if you don’t have a PayPal account, you can pay with your credit card.

When your done adding items to your cart, click the checkout button which will take you a view of your cart.  Verify your contents then at the bottom choose “Proceed to PayPal” which is the only option for payment.  AoIT is no longer accepting checks or cash beginning this school year.

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You will be taken to the PayPal login screen.  If you don’t have a PayPal account or don’t want to use the balance in your PayPal account, click on the link circled in green in the image below.  If you would prefer to use  your existing PayPal balance (which is ok) login to PayPal as you normally would using the values inside the red box noted in the image below.

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If you have any questions, feel free to contact AoIT at shop@aoit.com.

Senior Banquet 2015

Attention Senior Parents and Students,
You can RSVP and pay right from the AOIT website or through the Support page in the Director’s Notes.  This is time for us to celebrate you the AOIT seniors.  You get a very nice dinner, a certificate and a graduation cord.  It is a fun night.
Please RSVP no later than May 10 as we need time to give a head count to the caterer.
Thanks,
Mr. Evans
Hello Everyone,
I wanted to let you know that I have enrolled the entire AOIT 12th grade cohort into a AOIT Internship Blackboard Site.  If you login into Bb you should see the site.  Click on the site and go to the Content section to see instruction for uploading your blog entries.
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– – > I need everyone to upload their Blog entries by May 15.
Even if you turned in a hard copied I need you to upload a soft copy.  This will serve as a repository for me to see all the blogs and read them.
Also I need your Supervisor’s Evaluation and Time Sheet turned into me by May 15.  This is mandatory for everyone!  If I do not get the supervisor’s evaluation you will fail your internship.  The evaluation is found on pages 20 and 21 of the internship packet.  Please get this done.
Lastly please RSVP for the senior banquet on Thursday May 21.  Everyone should have received an invitation by now.  If you did not please see me ASAP.  You can pay for your guest using the PayPal or credit card button found on the main page of the AOIT site.  This is a fun night and you get your cord and certificate.
I have copied all the parent emails that I have in case you do not get this note.