My summer 2012 internship experience has been absolutely incredible from the moment I began. It has allowed me to meet several influential people, establish life long connections with my fellow interns, enhance my financial literacy and become apart of a nationally publicized protest march. These experiences have certainly been instrumental in changing my outlook on life, broadening my horizon and enabling me to realize the many opportunities that are in my desired field.
The entire internship in particular taught me life lessons in several ways. I have become knowledgeable in the fields of event production, journalism, literature and video production/editing. I have been exposed to what actually goes into being a public figure, how to get a press release complete efficiently and how to build publicity for events through social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. to help reach your audience.
I have been able to gather insight on the legal aspect of being known to the public and the importance of maintaining a clean financial record. During a financial workshop I learned very beneficial saving methods as well knowing the emotional attachment that comes along with spending habits.
This experience has really been a pleasure, especially starting our own blog site because it has not only allowed me to get my thoughts out affectively, but it has enabled me to critique my writing skills and help me to become more assertive with my writing process. I hope beginning the blog site will also make it easier for me to transition back into writing papers when I head back to school this semester and that I take the same level of confidence I gained this summer into my academic endeavors.
This summer has changed my life. As a young woman my priorities are not always in order. Occasionally I get sidetracked by seemingly endless nights filled with friends, laughs and fun. These priority glitches dramatically rise during the summer when my mind only seems to register boys, beaches and parties. This summer, however, my glitch-o-meter was extremely slowed by my fantastic summer internship.
I was able to participate in an internship where I worked in many different fields and had the opportunity to meet many inspiring people. I managed to build friendships I hope last a lifetime, discover my purpose in this world and gain confidence in my dreams.
My boss, the peculiar, Kevin Powell, said several enlightening things to me, but the one thing I want to share with you all is his comment that I was a genius. The first time he said this I must admit, I laughed. I was no genius. I was a hard-working well-educated woman, but that did not translate into genius to me. A genius was a person with an unbelievable IQ, a gifted knowledge absorber. Over time he continued to call my fellow interns and me geniuses until one day I had to ask myself why. It dawned on me that a genius is not just someone who is book smart, but someone who is gifted at what they do. Geniuses take control of their dreams and navigate themselves into their own island of paradise.
Understanding and believing in my potential is a valuable lesson I learned this summer and one I will never forget. This summer has become a pivotal stepping-stone in developing the woman I am becoming and I will forever be thankful for that.
- Nicole Inniss
I got involved by accident; I returned home from college not quite sure how I was going to spend my summer. On a whim, a close friend of mine offered to pass my resume along to Mr. Powell to see if he knew about anything that I could get involved in. Ironically enough, the rest of this experience has already been cataloged on this blog space.
Looking back on a summer spent with Mr. Powell and my fellow interns Benjamin, Nicole, Corey, Joy, and Gaetane, I am quite pleased to say that was is arguably the best accidental experiences I have had.
In this past summer, I learned what it means to pursue dreams. Through this internship, I was able to see first hand the pursuit of goals, and subsequent success. These couple of months with Mr. Powell showed me that happiness is not an abstract, unattainable thing, but instead something that can be practically sought after, ultimately achieved, and even measured. And my favorite part of this lesson was that happiness and success are not reserved for this mystical “favorite few”; while they are not as simply attained for every person, every person pursues what they consider to be happiness, and no concept of happiness is ever too grandiose.
Whatever it is can be done; never easily, because true happiness is the result of something that is worked hard for; but it is always worth the work in the end.
My favorite saying is that luck is where hard work meets opportunity. Hard work is about repetition and constantly practicing your craft (you don’t ever really stop doing that). As far as opportunity goes, it is created by exposing yourself and putting yourself in the position to achieve.
Sometimes success and happiness feel like guess work, but really, they are in your hands. Happiness is out there for us all; our only job is to relentlessly pursue.
- Adam Jones
I was the new kid on the block. Being the last of the Kevin Powell interns to be hired, I knew the expectations of me were high. My first day on the job we hit the ground running and we haven’t stopped since.
There is no way to sum up in 300 words all that I’ve learned during my time here in New York, but the most important thing that I will walk away with is that I’m a genius. Don’t get me wrong, this is not me being arrogant or full of myself, this is what Kevin made sure to remind us every chance that he could.
Confidence is key. I’ve been trained and I have the tools. Now, it’s up to me to figure out what to do with them. Being with Kevin has pushed me to trust my own instincts and to take pride in any and everything that I do. I have been taught to be bold and fearless, and that my voice matters despite what anyone tells me. I am generation Y and I do have a say to what is going on in my society.
The abundance of knowledge and wisdom that was shared with me is overwhelming. From financial advisor, Jacquette Timmons, CNN News Anchor, Soledad O’Brien and the staff at Rolling Stone magazine, I have enough to chew on for the next year.
Kevin Powell’s interns were a team. The thoughts, laughs and criticism that were shared just in the four walls of this office will always be carried with me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work with such a person as Kevin Powell and the other geniuses that I can now call friends.
The words from the song “Albertine” by Brook Fraser keep repeating in my head,”Now that I have seen, I am responsible; Faith without deeds is dead… I am on a stage, a thousand eyes on me, I will tell them.”
During this internship I have been exposed to so many of the realities of New York City and especially that of Brooklyn, many of which people would rather not face, but we have to. The hardships in this city are no longer hidden, but smack dab in the middle of our faces. In the past we may have chosen to ignore them but we can’t continue to do so because “we have seen.” We have seen the drug addictions, child abuse, poverty, desperation, homelessness, injustice and death.
This internship has forced all of our blinders off in some shape. Speaking with the homeless or working with so many under privileged youth has forever impacted me. Walking past multimillion dollar condos to work with homeless individuals on their stoops, getting lunch at corner store where most of the customers use EBT cards, and riding the subway home hearing in the background that soliciting money is an illegal activity that needs to be stopped, has impacted me far more than words can imagine.
Brooklyn is such a beautiful space and I smile at the changes God is about to bring to New York City, “The boroughs have been opened, and the broken have been chosen, and this city is becoming alive in you.” (Unknown)
This borough has so much life, vibrancy and love; these are the true Brooklyn Expressions.
- Benjamin Muhammad