Today is the last day of my internship with EMERGE. These past two months have passed incredibly quickly but have also been amazing. I’ve learned about myself, the environment of a startup, nonprofits, and all of the work that it takes to reach where EMERGE has reached and continues to expand to.
I met Houston Texan Garrett Graham (#88) and his wife, Ericka Graham, co-founders of Project 88. I was able to create and strengthen relationships with many EMERGE staff. I learned how to be flexible, independent, and a mentor. Overall, this experience has been one of the best experiences of my life.
I look back to the first time I spoke with EMERGE Director of Programming Felicia Martin during my phone interview. Our talk lasted around 15 minutes and she offered me the position on the spot. I didn’t hesitate and said yes right away. After being part of EMERGE for four years, I was going to be able to help the organization to which I owe so much. During our first meeting, we took a DiSC assessment. I had taken other personality assessments before but I had never that one. I learned that my strengths are in the “i” section – influence. According to this, a person with the influence area is enthusiastic, magnetic, convincing, and likes communicating with people. Reading this helped me to understand where my strengths and weaknesses lie.
Over the past two months, I have helped chaperone the Boston college tour and helped organize the EMERGing Leaders Institute. I have met amazing people and had a great time. I even experienced what working at an actual startup is like – working in cafes, at Furr high school’s conference room, and even on Felicia’s truck. I learned how to work without much guidance. It is a valuable experience that I will never forget.
I am beyond glad that my first internship and job during my college years was with EMERGE.