Reflections From Partnership Summer Interns
This summer the Partnership once again welcomed several interns to work alongside our staff to learn more about our turnaround efforts. Interns came from all over the State including Berkeley, CA. Partnership summer interns participated in everything from family and community engagement to assisting the CEO and the executive team. We asked our interns to reflect on their time at the Partnership. Below are highlights from their interviews.
Jenny Di, Sophmore at USC, Public Policy and Economics Major
What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? I loved getting to visit all the schools and see the environments where our principals, teachers, and students work in every day.
What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you? My most memorable memory will be getting to talk one on one with Adam Fletcher [Manager of Strategy and Special projects], Mark Kleger-Heine [COO], and Joan Sullivan [CEO] during the intern farewell discussion.
What did you learn? I learned a lot about working in a professional setting, the school systems in general, and non-profit work. I've also gotten a better idea of what kind of worker I am, and what I want from myself and the people that I work with.
Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? I've started to look more into the education sector, an industry which I previously did not consider an option. I'm also reconsidering what kind of role I want within an organization now that I've actually spent time observing and seeing what everyone really does in the workplace.
Miriam Yarde, UC Berkeley, English Major
What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? My favorite memory was when Joan Sullivan, Mark Kleger-Heine, and Adam Fletcher shared their career paths and spoke on a panel. I found their information and advice insightful.
What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you? The memory that will mark the Summer 2014 for me is when Joan spoke to a few teachers who challenged her. I was amazed at how she handled them in a professional manner.
What did you learn? During the Summer, I learned how the nonprofit sector operates. I also learned more formatting skills as well as communication skills. PLAS sharpened my analytical skills. Most importantly, I learned to manage multiple projects at once and prioritize them.
Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools has shaped my future outlook on future career options. I am considering merging law and education together as Adam Fletcher has done. I've learned that you can end up in a variety of positions despite what you majored in during college. All of the different career fields prepare you and provide you the skills needed to work in the workforce.
Enrique Gonzalez, Freshman at Santa Monica College, recent graduate from Santee Ed Complex
What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? My favorite experience was getting to work for the first time, also meeting great women who were all very nice and great overall.
What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you? Getting a chance to intern at the Partnership. It was a great experience. I met so many great and awesome people. This makes me want to get involved with education later in the future.
What did you learn? Throughout my internship I learned how to be responsible. Also what the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is really about.
What experience did you not get to do, you think we should add to the experience? I think it was not meeting most of the interns. It would have been a great experience to get to know everybody.
Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? It’s given me an idea of what I want to study in college and what I want to do in the future.
Sisi Anaya, Senior at Cal State Long Beach, Sociology major
What was your favorite experience or memory from your internship? I have two favorite experiences, getting to know Mark Kleger-Heine, Adam Fletcher and Joan Sullivan was really cool because we got to hear their personal stories and how they ended up where they are today. Also, being a part of the RHS-Magnet parent focus group meeting with Saskia.
What will be the memory that will mark the summer of 2014 for you? Meeting the other interns, along with Joan, Mark and Adam.
What did you learn? I learned how to better use excel, also learned that there are many organizations in the Los Angeles community that provide a lot of great services.
What experience did you not get to do, you think we should add to the experience? I would’ve liked to shadow the instructional team, and shadow the interview process for teachers, principals and other staff.
Has this experience shaped your future outlook on future career options? The experience has definitely shaped my future outlook. I really admire the work the Partnership does and I now know that I want to attain a career that is fulfilling and rewarding. I want to feel that I am working every day to make a life better, and that I am slowly making a change in the world.
If you, or someone you know would like to be a summer intern next year, contact Yue Deng at email@example.com