Darsh Patel, an incoming senior at the Davidson Academy, is one of two students being welcomed by PBS Reno into Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program this summer, providing valuable work experience in a professional environment during an eight-week internship.
“PBS Reno is proud to partner with Bank of America annually for this internship program,” said Kurt Mische, PBS Reno President and CEO. “Giving exceptional high school students real-world experience not only helps them; it strengthens our community. We’re pleased that Bank of America makes this important investment in our region through this program.”
Darsh founded the Soul Shoe Project, which provides winter gear to people experiencing homelessness to eradicate frostbite-induced amputations. He also volunteers with the Northern Nevada Math Club.
“Being given the opportunity to intern at PBS Reno, through Bank of America, has been an absolute honor,” Darsh said. “Interning at PBS Reno has shown me how dedicated they are to helping the community. While attending a Curiosity Classroom workshop with Joy at a local elementary school, I saw firsthand the true excitement that PBS Reno brings to the classroom.”
During his internship at PBS Reno, Darsh learned how businesses like PBS Reno operate and raise money through Development; experienced Curiosity Classroom workshops through the Education Services; understood how a TV station’s signal is broadcast through Technology, and how local productions through Content and Marketing are produced.
“The Bank of America Student Leaders program is an exciting opportunity to promote youth employment in northern Nevada,” said Andrew Diedrichsen, President of Bank of America Reno. “The experience that they gain during their eight-week internship is invaluable, especially connecting with other Student Leaders from across the country. We appreciate PBS Reno, who is now in the fourth year of hosting these amazing students at their station on the UNR Campus.”