Newsline Volume 34, Number 1

The Federation Welcomes Summer Interns

By Becky Rizoli, Project Assistant, Parent Training and Information Center at FCSN

Summer interns Maryan, Joaquim and Kate
Summer interns Maryan, Joaquim and Kate

For many high school and college students, summer vacation is a long, lazy time of inactivity. Once they have outgrown summer camp and recreation programs, they often spend the summer sitting around and waiting for school to start again. Fortunately, there is an alternative.

For the last several years the Federation has been fortunate to have student interns as part of the Martin Luther King Scholar initiative sponsored by John Hancock. This summer, three young people had the experience of interning at the Federation, two of whom were part of the MLK Summer Scholars program and a third was from the Boston Center for Independent Living summer program.

Joaquim worked with the Information Technology department. He is a senior at Madison Park High School, the only vocational technical school in the city of Boston. His area of study is information and technology; and he became interested in the MLK Scholars program after hearing about it from his education coordinator at school. His duties included fixing laptops, setting up electronic equipment for workshops, and troubleshooting and triage. He plans to go to Wentworth Institute of Technology and study computer science or IT technology. Joaquim said that he found working in a "real" office environment, as opposed to just in a classroom, has prepared him for his future career.

Maryan provided support at the front desk during our Office Administrator's morning breaks and lunch and also vacation time. She also work with the Family TIES project on some data and research projects. Maryan is a recent graduate of Boston Latin Academy and is a National Honor Society member. She will be attending Boston University in the fall. Although she plans to major in molecular biology; she chose to spend her last summer before college at an office job, saying, "The broad range of what the Federation does appealed to me." When asked what she had learned from the Federation, she answered, "Working in an office environment, working with all the staff, and realizing that it's not just you, but nice people working together."

Our third intern, Kate, is a junior at Anna Maria College. Kate found out about the Federation from the Boston Center for Independent Living. She became particularly interested in the work of the Federation as she has special needs herself. She is studying media and communications in college; and her duties at the Federation included working with our Communications Coordinator and assisting the Development Office in a variety of ways. Kate said of her experience at the Federation, "If I do the same thing over and over again, I get better at it. It will help me with any sort of job I have in the future." She also appreciated the chance to be part of an office environment.

Not only did our three summer interns have a valuable experience working at the Federation; but we truly got the benefit of all the work that they did for us this summer!

The Federation is grateful to the John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars program which addresses what was deemed a critical need by Boston's Mayor Tom Menino - summer jobs for city youth. We also extend our thanks to the Boston Center for Independent Living.