“I was placed in a web design class in my school and I wasn’t too excited about that because I’d never really worked in web design before. But I began to excel in the class and like what I was doing, and that’s when I learned about the chance to intern at Rêve Academy. I talked to a student at my school, Emmanuel, who was an intern here. I asked him if it was worth it—giving the time, the commitment. And he said definitely. He had a great time and he met great people. That really drew me to the internship.
I’ve seen so many adults who are miserable where they work, and I don’t want to be one of those people. I wanted to discover something I was passionate about. That’s why I came to Rêve Academy.”
// Kind, capable, confident
// A student at Thomas Edison High School
// Finding a career that makes me excited to go to work
“I’ve always been an independent worker. It’s difficult for me to put that aside and collaborate with people that I have very little in common with. But through Rêve Academy I learned how to do that. How to be empathetic to each other in a professional manner, and how to work towards a common goal. I think that I also grew in understanding myself…owning up to my strengths, but also being honest about my weaknesses.
What was most engaging was coming up with a business plan. We decided to focus on connecting school admins with their students, and I’m so passionate about that. It was fun to take initiative on something I care about.
Mykenzie and Connor practice their interviewing skills with Digiteer Ashley.
“I came into Rêve Academy and didn’t really know myself. I didn’t know all the things I had to offer. Now I feel like I can get myself out there and do something.
For our client project, I was able to move where my team needed me at the time. For a while I was working on payments, and then I edited copy, and now I’m finishing up the layout of the two websites we made. Because of that flexibility, I had a good understanding of the project and people were able to come to me for help.
I want my team members to succeed and so I pushed them. I’ve tried to step out of my comfort zone in order to fill a leadership role. I’m very happy that I have Bryan as my senior intern because he’s someone who’s not intimidated by others’ leadership. He wants others to succeed as well, and that’s the kind of leader that I strive to be.”
Mykenzie 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:
// Project management
// Agile development
Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2017.
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!