Stella’s Summer Internship Experience
Hi! My name is Stella, I go to McDaniel High School, and this will be my third time interning with Passion Impact. Throughout these few years, I have acquired so many skills and friends that I will never forget.
This year, the internship was in-person with workshops online. Along with that, this internship was not only open to students attending McDaniel High School, but Franklin, as well. The students from both schools were extremely kind and open-minded. The environment at the office was so supportive and every Monday and Thursday, I looked forward to participating in our meetings.
Out of everything the interns and I did, though, the weekly workshops were what I enjoyed attending the most. Every Wednesday was a different topic – from a student panel speaking about their college experience to soft versus hard skills to working with student debt. Without these meetings, I would not know half of the things I do about post-high school, or myself. They were all thoroughly thought-out and put together, and all very informative.
Similar to last year, when the interns were assigned to read “Octavia’s Brood: Science Fiction Stories from Social Justice Movements,” edited by Walidah Imarisha, we were once again assigned a fictitious novel to read. This one was titled, “Dark Matter: A Century of Speculative Fiction from the African Diaspora,” edited by Sheree Renée Thomas. This book is a large collection of numerous fictitious short stories written by African-American authors. All of these narratives are so well written and entertaining that I would recommend this book to everyone and everyone.
This internship was such an incredible experience and I am so, so grateful I applied for it a third time. The other interns and everyone working with Passion Impact are so kind, supportive, and understanding. I have learned a myriad of different skills and gained so much knowledge about myself and the social justice issues in the world around me. Additionally, I have helped put on, and participated in, various civic engagement events for my school and others. It has been an amazing experience and I am so thankful it happened.