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My name is Khaalid Ali, and I’m a rising senior at Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in, Jamaica, Queens. This summer, I was given the opportunity to work as an intern within the Marketing department of New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), as part of Bank of America and the City’s pilot Career and Technical Education Summer Scholars Program. This program matches students in the field of information technology and engineering with host organizations, helping us reach college and career goals through academic support and a structured, positive work experience.
I normally take a long time to feel comfortable in a new place filled with unfamiliar faces, but at NYCEDC, I felt comfortable shortly after I started working. This is due to the fact that my coworkers and supervisors were very kind, friendly, and professional from the time I met them to the time I left. Any questions that I had were answered in a warm manner, and no one seemed as though they were burdened when I needed help, even though they had their own work to finish. In addition, I was encouraged to ask more questions whenever I had a problem.
My experience at NYCEDC was extremely beneficial mainly because of the knowledge that I gained in a short period of time. In addition to learning things from the regular work that I was doing such as developing a website, researching information on companies, and editing videos, my supervisor assigned me meetings with very interesting individuals who gave me a good understanding of how key departments in the company worked. Next, I was given the opportunity to meet anyone that I wanted to meet in the company. Finally, my workplace was in a central area where I could see and hear what my coworkers were working on and how they went about it.
As a result, I will leave NYCEDC and begin my senior year with a completely new outlook on my career goals. My work at NYCEDC has influenced me to learn more about web design and management. Also, due to the research that I did for NYCEDC, I learned about many colleges that I‘ve never heard of, so when I start to apply for college, I will be able to choose from a larger variety. Thanks to Bank of America, interning at NYCEDC through the Career and Technical Education Summer Scholars Program has truly been the best thing that could have happened to me this summer, and I would recommend it to others seeking a great introduction to the workplace.
Lead support for the Career and Technical Education pilot is being provided by Bank of America and it is also being supported by the Association for a Better New York (ABNY) Foundation. NPower is working pro bono to match companies with prospective student interns. In 2012 the pilot will work with 100 Career and Technical Education students focused on the Information Technology industries.