Janesville student lives dream of becoming a paramedic with Beloit Fire internship

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BELOIT, Wis. (WTVO) — Blackhawk Technical College provides high school students a head start on their future through internship programs.

Mya Maslonka, a Craig High School senior and an aspiring paramedic, is at the halfway point of her six week summer internship with the Beloit Fire Department.

“I love it, so this is what I want to spend my summer doing,” she said. “I’m working 30 hours a week here, so I’m doing 10 hour days, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.”

As the department’s second intern, Maslonka has been getting hands-on experience to see if this is the right field for her.

“I’m just kind of getting my feet in the water and seeing, really, what it’s all about, I guess, before I go into college and have to go through all the schooling of it,” Maslonka said.

Jason Griffin, Deputy Chief of the Beloit Fire Department, is Maslonka’s supervisor and believes that it is as much of a learning experience for him and crew as for her.

“It’s neat to watch Mya just jump in on the task every morning,” Griffin said. “It helps both of us out…between us trying to remember how we used to do this and then her learning the experience.”

Maslonka has been out on a few calls already, some including life assists.

“It’s definitely humbling,” Maslonka said. “It’s a really cool experience.

A link to all internships is available here.

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