“When my teacher explained Rêve Academy to me, I automatically said yes because it’s a new opportunity and I like new opportunities. After I went through the first course [in the classroom], my teacher told me that I could be one of the first Metro Heights students to become an intern.
I would say I’ve grown the most in leadership skills. I started showing it here—I started talking to a lot of people, got really comfortable with them. After a while I started showing my skills where I work, which is Target. They recently asked me to be a trainer so I guess I’m a leader there, too.”
// A thinker, dreamer, storyteller
// A student at Metro Heights Academy
// Becoming a chef and running my own restaurant
Ideating with fellow interns and presenting his team’s business concept at Revival, a one-day accelerator for digital professionals.
“A lot has changed from the beginning to now. A lot of people didn’t know each other so they were really nervous about everything. A lot of them were really quiet and I was one of the few people who wanted to talk to everybody.
I started talking to the quiet ones and got to know what they like to do and how I can help them shine during our projects. Day by day, learning new things about each other, has helped me grow. I think they’ve grown a lot, too.”
Bryan posing with his Revival team right before they pitch their business idea.
“One of my first business ideas was having a multicultural buffet, which hasn’t really been done yet. That was one of my ideas where I just blew my own mind. Then that idea evolved into an app that encourages traveling in your community and getting to know it better.
The reason I got excited about the buffet idea is because I want to become a chef and run my own restaurant. Chefs don’t learn by cooking the same thing; it’s when they start cooking different things from around the world that it starts to become a wider experience.
I want to become really familiar with technology and find a way to combine the two. I hope to learn a lot more at Rêve Academy. I’ll definitely be coming back.”
Bryan 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:
// Google Drive
// Project management
// Agile development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2016.
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