Ola, Emely, and Giorgi have just finished their fourth week working for Kashmir World Foundation. They are sharing their experiences and opinions, as they are now familiar with their responsibilities and roles.
According to Ola, the fourth week working for Kashmir World Foundation was very interesting. “Despite the fact that this week was shorter, because of a Memorial Day, I feel like I was still able to do a lot of work. I think it might be the most challenging week so far; but, at the same time, I feel like I made a lot of progress. I was able to do things that I was not fully comfortable with, but that turned out to be fine. This internship is a learning process, so I am still discovering and exploring different ideas and opportunities,” she says. This week Ola was mostly focused on creating content for social media posts, creating flyers and brochures, and reaching out to schools regarding the Teachers Take Flight workshop that takes place in August. “I am really grateful for the opportunity to challenge myself, because I feel like even if I make a mistake, my work will still be valued and respected. Additionally, I feel like it was very important for me to learn more about social media marketing because next year I am going to work as a Social Media Associate at Berea College, which I am very excited about, and I am sure that the experience I am gaining now will be beneficial for my development,” she explains.
Giorgi Lomia thinks that this week was groundbreaking for the project he has been working on. “This week I finally figured out the Google Cloud platform setup and was able to start some training for the network. It felt very gratifying and exciting to finally be able to find my way around the confusing interface and the complicated web of features. I learned a lot when setting up the virtual machine,” he explains.
According to Emely, the time she spends here passes by very quickly. “It is week four now and honestly, it does not feel like it. I have been here for four weeks now and it has been a very interesting ride,” she says. “I think the knowledge I have gained here will be useful for my future as a software developer because I have both a group project and an individual one. Working on an individual project has been fun this week because I have learned how to focus more and how to be disciplined. This week I tried setting goals every day in order to complete certain parts of the mobile application,” she adds.
Emely believes that the internship changed her. “My perception of myself has changed a lot from week one to week four. I have learned a lot about myself as a computer scientist and I have encountered experiences that have both encouraged me to change and inspire me to be better. When I began the internship I was not sure what I would be doing or how much of the tasks from my internship offer I would be doing, but I am happy to say that I have been doing the tasks from the internship offer and I have been doing more things, too. In my opinion, I am more mature now and I feel like I am getting used to working on the same tasks for a long time,” she explains.
Berea College interns are doing a great job helping Kashmir World Foundation. They are learning a lot and exploring their passions. Having an internship at KwF is definitely helping them to improve their skills, and allowing them to gain knowledge and hands-on experience that will be beneficial for their future development. They are all looking forward to the rest of their internships.