(Hinesville, GA)—Lauren Parker, Snelson-Golden Middle School teacher, has been accepted to participate in an internship with Mitsubishi Power’s Savannah Machinery Works, under the Georgia Institute of Technology’s Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) program. Savannah Machinery Works manufactures advanced technology fuel-efficient gas turbines, steam turbines, and provides complete gas and steam turbine services. Ms. Parker will gain skills and experiences to inspire her students’ interest in careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. Ms. Parker is the first teacher in Liberty County to be accepted into this prestigious and competitive internship. Teachers play a key role in preparing kids for STEM careers. But teaching science, technology, engineering, and math courses is only part of the effort it takes to get kids interested and prepared for these careers. Teaching students what STEM careers are about, what it takes to compete for positions, and how to succeed in these jobs requires a completely different level of understanding. Lauren Parker will be learning firsthand about the world of STEM, working through this unique program. The Georgia Intern Fellowships for Teachers (GIFT) program places teachers in jobs for four to seven weeks over the summer to gain real work experience in STEM positions.