Pace students learn about business techniques and marketing at Pace Entrepreneur Mentor Day. Photo: Kevin Newman

As exams finish up, Pace students fill up their schedules with various programs to stay busy during the summer months. Many rising juniors and seniors seek to earn a little extra money or pad their college resumes by finding jobs and internships in the Atlanta area and abroad.

The most popular jobs among Pace students include working as a lifeguard at a swimming pool or as a counselor at one of Pace’s summer camps. Over the summer, Pace hosts both “Keeping Pace” and “Pace Camp.” Students can work for one or both camps for pay or for community service hours, and it is especially convenient for athletes who train at Pace throughout the summer. Working at a country club or neighborhood pool managing the pool deck or working at the cash register is common as well. Those who can’t commit to a steady summer job pursue smaller tasks such as stringing lacrosse stick heads or doing yard work.

Juniors Frank Houser and Sophie Porson will continue spending their summers at YMCA Camp High Harbour as assistant counselors. This will be Frank’s fifth summer at the Lake Allatoona campground but his first time on staff as a counselor. “I cannot wait to be able to drive boats and take on a higher leadership position, especially getting away from the day-to-day hassles of life outside of camp,” said Frank.  He enjoys making new friends at camp every year and loves to continue these friendships even after the summer session ends in Atlanta and at retreat weekends. “My favorite part of camp is meeting so many attractive girls from across the South,” said Frank.

Sophie will hold the same job at the Lake Burton site as she returns for her eleventh consecutive summer with High Harbour. The past two summers she has served as an L.I.T (Leader in Training) and then a C.I.T (Counselor in training) for three weeks which are requirements to even apply to be a counselor. “It has been an eye opening experience to go up through the various levels at this camp, and get a real view of what goes on to make the camp work,” said Sophie.

On March 31, seventeen Pace juniors and seniors ventured to various businesses and start-up companies around the Atlanta Tech Village for Pace Entrepreneur Mentor Day organized by junior Harrison Lewis. Students learned about various topics, including interpersonal skills, technology, time-management and organizational skills. Many students even secured internships for the summer through their experience. Harrison will intern with the marketing team at Cabbage, a company that makes small business loans. “I interned last summer and I really wanted to share the experience with fellow Knights,” said Harrison. “I am excited to work with a business like Cabbage that has such a creative atmosphere.”

Junior Catherine Sweeney will trek to the small island of Sri Lanka in South Asia. She will work with Doctors Without Borders for three weeks. Shadowing doctors at various hospitals, she will help in fields like pediatrics and women’s health. She looks forward to giving back by doing medical outreaches in orphanages throughout the communities. “I think that I am going to gain incredible perspective on life and on healthcare outside of home and how grateful I am for access to medical care,” said Catherine.