Indian Hill Experienceships: Redefining the high school experience

IH Experienceships

Tracking sales with the CEO of Donna’s Gourmet Cookies.

Observing criminal trials as an intern with Mike Allen & Associates Attorneys at Law.

Gaining marketing experience with the VP of Organizational Design & Strategy at Loth.

For 40 Indian Hill High School students, this is what learning looks like this school year. Indian Hill Experienceships is taking future global leaders outside the classroom to sharpen career skills and goals before graduation.

The educational experience is real-world and high-level.

“I recently purchased a bakery that specializes in cookies,” said Nancy Aichholz, CEO of Donna’s Gourmet Cookies, and vice president of the Indian Hill Board of Education. “I noticed a problem with inventory management and knew that there has to be some type of algorithm to track sales trends and better plan our production schedule.

“Through the Indian Hill Experienceships program, I was introduced to Claron Wang, who is a brilliant young man. He tracked sales data and created a Boxplot Comparison for us to see trends by day, season, even hours of operation that will aid us in planning so that we have a great consumer experience without the cost of shrink at the retail location.”

Aichholz is one of 30 professional partners who established a working relationship with Indian Hill High School; organizations ready and willing to allow students to learn while helping their businesses grow.

“The Indian Hill Experienceships program is a win-win for community businesses and our Indian Hill Braves!” Aichholz said. “The Indian Hill High School team, including Coordinator Wendy Silvius, has done an excellent job building this program.”

Established as a pilot program during the 2021-2022 school year in partnership with the Indian Hill Foundation, Indian Hill Experienceships is now firmly established within the curriculum of Indian Hill High School as a place where education and industry converge to provide unparalleled opportunities. 

“We appreciate our Indian Hill Foundation for their incredible support for the program and all of our partners in education who have helped make Experienceships such a success,” said Indian Hill Experienceships Coordinator Wendy Silvius. “We continue to look for new opportunities to develop this program. We believe the sky is the limit for what our students and our partners can achieve through this learning platform.”

“While at the courthouse, I was introduced to how the legal system I first studied in Mock Trial functions in real life,” said Gulirano Almuratova, an Indian Hill High School student who worked with Mike Allen & Associates Attorneys at Law through a legal Experienceship. “It was really cool and made me even more sure of my decision to pursue law in the future!”

“This excitement about learning – this is why we come to work every day,” said Indian Hill CEO/Superintendent Kirk Koennecke. “We are in the business of developing Learners as Doers, Learners as Individuals, and Learners as the Whole Child – it is integral to our #IHPromise Strategic Plan. The Indian Hill Experienceships program encapsulates all three of these focus areas. We are thrilled with how far we have come in one year, and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.”

“Our professional partners are the VIPs of this learning experience, and we are always looking to expand our network,” said Indian Hill High School Principal Jeff Damadeo. “We encourage any interested organizations to reach out and see if this could be a good opportunity both for our students and for your business needs.”

Click here to see the complete list of partner organizations. Get the latest Experienceships news and updates by following @ihexperienceships on Instagram or @IHExperiences on Twitter.

Photo caption: Indian Hill High School student Maggie Schoeny with Loth VP of Organizational Design & Strategy Kelly Schoembs during a marketing Indian Hill Experienceship.