“I try to put 100% into everything that I do here. When I first read the info on Rêve Academy, I thought it was completely professional attire, meaning I’d have to come in a suit and tie. I was nervous about that because in those types of jobs you can’t really have faults. But once I got here, it wasn’t that complex—and the people were really nice.
// Athletic, energetic, shy
// A student at Edison High School
// A career in engineering
Getting feedback on his business idea and learning the basics of 3D printing from Digiteer Carmen.
“[Senior Intern] Hollis said at the beginning that our product ideas had to be innovative, within the limits of the 3D printer, and applicable to urban youth. Since I really wanted to buy a speaker but the one I saw was expensive, I thought, ‘I’ll make my own then.’ So I designed the OmniSound, which is a portable speaker that has gesture and facial recognition abilities. That way people can’t steal it or use it without your consent.
Carvez and his project group at Revival, a one-day accelerator for digital professionals in the Twin Cities.
“The elevator pitch was difficult for me. The fact that you’re in front of a lot of people talking for a minute…it’s a lot of time. So this experience has broken a few walls in how I feel about giving pitches. It broke a few barriers. I’ve also gotten better at being a contributor.
Carvez gained both technical and professional skills in his internship—and he didn’t have to pay a cent. In fact, we paid him a fair wage for his work each week, while he learned:
// Agile Development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2016.
Become a digital volunteer and help our interns as they work on real-world projects. Or show our kids what an ordinary day looks like for a working professional. There are lots of ways to get involved, so don’t be shy—we can’t wait to meet you!