Today’s double posts come from an alumni and student intern involved in this January’s Innovate NYC program. Alexandria Sharpe ’14 interned with Kinvolved, a social venture started by alum Miriam Altman '08 that aims to improve K-12 attendance in underserved communities with real-time family engagement and data-driven interventions.
Innovating Over Winter Break
Read reflections and see photos from some of this year's Innovate Winter Break interns, a program of the Social Innovation Initiative and Brown CareerLAB that provides two-week mini-internships during winter break at organizations dedicated to social justice, impact, and entrepreneurship in Boston and NYC.
Playful professionalism. Pragmatic optimism. Progress. Impact oriented.
These words, written on a large poster in blue Sharpie, have been hanging next to my desk for the last two weeks. When I first learned about these core values of the Taproot Foundation, I couldn’t believe that an organization could possibly sound so cool. After two weeks of intensive, engaging work on a project here, I can’t imagine a better way to describe this organization.
I’ve spent the last two weeks working with the Director of Marketing here at Taproot to evaluate an annual campaign that they run every October: Pro Bono Week. In addition to that, I’ve sat it on an office-wide brainstorming meeting, an interview with a nonprofit applying for a pro bono service grant, and heard presentations from all of Taproot’s departments about what they do and why they do it. I had never really worked at a nonprofit before, and all of this information was interesting, exciting, and inspiring.
However, when I attended the intern networking event that the CareerLAB hosted for us here in New York last week, I was somewhat dismayed to realize that I was the only senior participating in this program. “Am I behind?” I wondered, feeling worried that I had been slacking off during my first three winter breaks.
But now that I’m wrapping up my internship, I can look back on the skills I gained and the connections I made and know that, as a senior, this was probably one of the smartest ways I could have spent my final winter break, before I start my last semester at Brown and begin a daunting task--the job search. I’m glad I was able to participate in Innovate Winter Break, and more specifically, to be at Taproot, which has really opened my eyes to the possibilities and opportunities available in the nonprofit sector.
Generation Citizen (Boston), Monica-Ann Mendoza ‘17
Eye to Eye (NYC), Lainie Rowland ‘17
Below: Innovate Winter Break interns compiled photos and captions that best represented their internship experience.
February 7, 2014
January 22, 2014If I learned anything from this experience, it is to be intentional about investing in reflection and diligent about cultivating balance.
Today's double posts come from student interns in this January's Innovate NYC program, a new opportunity from the Swearer Center and CareerLAB that places students for two weeks over winter break in a New York-based social enterprise or nonprofit organization. Tomas Quinonez-Riegos '15 and Lainie Rowland '17 interned with Eye to Eye, a social venture started by alum David Flink '02 that pairs kids with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (LD/ADHD) with college and high school mentors who have been similarly labeled.