“I was born in Nepal and came here in 2014. Everything is different here; every school has technology and there is more that they can offer. I was really interested in technology and electrical engineering in Nepal, but when I came here and tried to do experiments, I wasn’t succeeding.
When I was looking for a job, I applied to many places but didn’t get anywhere. My counselor knew I needed the work, so she told me about Rêve Academy. I was excited because before, I just wanted to work for the money. But what happened is that I could get everything!
I could get knowledge, I could get paid, I could get credit for school. So I called Rêve Academy and I was really excited and really scared because this was a new thing.”
// Helpful, respectful, kind
// A student at Wellestone International High School
// Becoming an engineer
Exploring the 3D printer and packaging up the final product for customers.
“I was really interested in working on design. The thing is, I didn’t understand what we were doing when we started the design project.
But after a few days, I was able to understand. We came up with many ideas and sorted through them to make one design that came from everyone’s ideas.
I also didn’t understand all the people talking, since they spoke very high level English. I asked them, ‘What does that mean?’ And little by little, I understood what they were doing and what they were talking about. There were lots of words I didn’t know. Some people tell me that I have great English, but I don’t really see that. It’s not perfect but I am always learning, learning, learning.”
Noe and Khem working in Adobe Illustrator to design holiday cookie stamps for the 3D printer.
“I actually learned how to work with a group here, because at school we don’t work with people you don’t know. Talking with new people is a little bit scary but it’s still really good.
When I came here, I looked at the 3D printer and thought, ‘What is this?’ I had never seen that before. Then later I learned it all—Adobe Illustrator, 3D printing, Fusion 360. It was amazing to use those things.
I was trying to find one person who could help me, and now I found many people. I was trying to find a job, and I got a really good opportunity. When I come here, I feel happy. I feel powerful and strong. I don’t know about the future right now, but I just want to help people around the world by doing good things.”
Khem 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:
// Fusion 360
// Project management
// Agile development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of fall 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!