At Rêve Academy, Mykenzie was determined to exceed expectations.

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Mykenzie was searching for a career that she’d love.

“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.”

I am…

// 16
// Kind, capable, confident
// A student at Thomas Edison High School

I dream of…

// Finding a career that makes me excited to go to work

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Presenting research to the rest of her intern team; posing with her teammates at Revival.

She embodied the value of Collaboration.

“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.

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Mykenzie and Connor practice their interviewing skills with Digiteer Ashley.

She filled in wherever her talents were needed.

“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.”

See the difference that Rêve Academy makes.

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:

Professional skills

// Empathy
// Authenticity
// Collaboration
// Achievement
// Ingenuity
// Agility

Technical skills

// Wordpress
// LeadPages
// Photoshop
// Project management
// Agile development

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Rêve Academy’s student interns of summer 2017.

Help students along their path.

If you have a heart for students, we have a place for you.

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!