I looked up the Rêve Academy website and looked up what you were about. It seemed like a really good organization teaching people about things they need to know for the future—not just stuff in classrooms, but real world kind of things.
I wanted a job that was more focused on business, just so I can get my head around business and find out if I like it or not. So I felt this was the right opportunity.”
// Ambitious, creative, fair
// A graduate of Southwest High School
// Becoming a writer, producer, and director in Hollywood
Practicing interview skills with a fellow intern and presenting PicSlide, a digital photo frame that Justice developed during her internship.
“One hard thing was putting myself out there. It’s easy to be myself but sometimes I think about it too much, like if I do this what will people think? So that was hard, but after I knew that it was a safe environment, it was easier to let that down and let my professional and leader side out.
Justice discussing her team’s business idea at Revival, a one-day accelerator for digital professionals in the Twin Cities.
“I didn’t want to use Adobe Illustrator because it was really hard and I just didn’t get it. And all the guys in my group were really good at it, so I was just demotivated. But [Senior Intern] Hollis helped me step by step. She told me, ‘You actually do have to try to do the work.’ But because I had tried and failed, I was angry. Now I know I have to work on asking for help.
I feel like I’ve changed by taking constructive criticism in a way that’s not so personal. I’ve learned that it’s never personal, no one is trying to hurt me. They’re just trying to help me. So I try to use it to my advantage. I want them to see that I can make improvements and impress them.”
Justice gained both technical and professional skills in her internship—and she didn’t have to pay a cent. In fact, we paid her a fair wage for her work each week, while she 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!