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PBS Reno Welcomes 2022 Bank of America Student Leaders

Darsh Patel (left) and Kaden Ackerson (right)

RENO, NV (August 1, 2022) — PBS Reno welcomed two local students from Bank of America’s Student Leaders Program this summer, providing the pair of qualified individuals with 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.”

The first student, Kaden Ackerson, is a recent graduate of Spanish Springs High School. Having graduated one year early as a junior, Ackerson is an avid environmentalist who speaks four languages, and holds multiple leadership positions in various student organizations. 

“From the day I started interning at PBS Reno, I've felt so welcomed,” Ackerson said. “I've been introduced to so many career fields and aspects of running a business that I never would have thought of. It is so inspiring to see very skilled people who all work well together. It has truly been one of the best learning opportunities of my life.”

The second student, Darsh Patel, is an incoming senior at the Davidson Academy. Patel founded the Soul Shoe Project, which provides winter gear to people experiencing homelessness to eradicate frostbite-induced amputations. Patel 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,” Patel 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 their internships at PBS Reno, Ackerson and Patel have 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.”

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