“One of the biggest lessons from this internship was learning how to get started. I hadn’t worked on these software programs or done this type of work before. In Liberia, we learn English but we shorten a lot of the words and say it with a different accent. So it is a challenge to communicate in a way that US audiences would understand. But I know that I’m a good writer, so I brought those skills to the team. Now, I feel that I can start a project and take it all the way to the end.”
// Diligent, honest, reliable
// A student at Metro Heights Academy
// Becoming a doctor
Sharing her team’s project with family and friends at the spring showcase.
“The values I grew most in were collaboration and ingenuity. Sometimes when you go to work, the work isn’t so easy, but I always try to do well and meet my goals. When I started creating the logo and wordmark for one of our clients, it was scary because I didn’t know where to start. I had an idea in my head but didn’t know how to get it onto my screen. But from that experience, I learned how to ask for help.
At first it was difficult to work alongside someone else. At school it’s normal to work by yourself. To help me get over my nervousness, my team was very supportive. They always asked me if I needed help, and I started coming out of my shell. Now I do the same for them.”
Angel gets guidance from Digiteer Anna.
“Our first time doing graphic design was a proposal, and unfortunately we didn’t get the project. But the client gave us helpful feedback so we could learn how to improve for our next projects. The piece of feedback that I remembered most was to make multiple versions of my logo in different colors. That way, the client has lots of options to choose from.
We spent most of our time doing social media management for another client. That was definitely the most engaging and exciting part for me. We asked for a lot of feedback so we could create attractive posts.
I think I’ve grown the most in confidence. I used to be so shy to talk to others. But now it’s easier for me to talk to my teammates—ask questions, ask for help, or offer to help someone. If I had a classmate who was thinking about coming to Rêve, I would tell them that people are ready to help when you need them.”
Angel 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:
// Social media management
// Project management
// Agile development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of spring 2018.
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!