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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

They won't be living in a house together and there's no singing involved, but otherwise SFCC's latest project is the spitting image of a reality show.

The Interns, which officially started Thursday night when the teams were announced, pits five teams of four SFCC students against each other in a series of four tasks in a style similar to Donald Trump's "The Apprentice."

At the end of each task, one team is eliminated from the competition.

The members of the winning team will receive spring internships with local companies.

The four companies are Charles Perry Construction, The Gainesville Sun, North Florida Regional Medical Center and Sen. Steve Oelrich's office.

Each company is responsible for planning a task and eliminating one team after each event.

Breck Weingart, president of Charles Perry Construction, announced the first task at the opening ceremony at the Paramount Plaza Hotel & Suites.

He said each team has been assigned a construction project from Rebuild Gainesville, a nonprofit organization that repairs houses for low-income families in Gainesville.

The teams will have nine days to prepare a work plan, create a budget and figure out a way to raise money for the materials, he said.

The first task will take place Oct. 21 at 8:30 a.m.

Ben Anderson, SFCC Student Senate president, said this is the first time The Interns has featured teams instead of eight individual participants.

"One way to be successful in the work force is to learn how to work with people you may not know," he said.

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The red team started exchanging phone numbers immediately and trying to find out more about Rebuild Gainesville.

Larry Donald, a red team member, said his team is waiting to find out the details of the project, which will be revealed at a meeting Friday.

The team's only expectation for the contest: "To win," they said in unison.

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