Intern Testimonials

Internship Testimonials

 

Celeste 5Celeste Begandy

Point Park University
PCKIZ Intern
Trinculo’s Attic

“My Internship gave me a great opportunity to not only gain experience and contacts, but it also allows the freedom to earn money while doing something applicable to your field. It is a rare occasion to find an internship that pays. I could give my attention to the internship, instead of both an internship and a menial job. This aspect made me feel valuable to the company, instead of working at the mercy of experience.”

Sarelm BrooksSarelm Brooks

Community College of Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Promise Intern
UPMC Health Plan

“This internship has helped me because it has given me an understanding of the work environment.”

 

JPJanine Popper

Community College of Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Promise Intern
4moms

“This is my 3rd time in the internship program. It has helped me a lot with what I want to do, which is gain experience and also reflect on my skills and abilities that will help me go into the workforce with more confidence.”

Deonte OwensDeonte Owens

Community College of Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Promise Intern
ActiveAided

“Working with my internship company has given me insight towards my goal of running my own business by seeing how business owners think and communicate with their employees.”

mark LeeMark Lee

Community College of Allegheny County
Pittsburgh Promise Intern
Dawar Technologies

My Internship has helped me build relationships, network, and learn how to work in a team more so than any other job because they give me a lot of responsibilities to handle on my own.”

Erika Mangual
Point Park University
Pittsburgh Promise Intern
UPMC Health Plan

“Landing an internship is essentially one of the most important parts of a student’s career. Urban Innovation 21 provided myself and other college students with the opportunity to intern during the summer at UPMC. The 8-week internship program provided me with real world experience and was one of the best experiences I have ever been able to part take in. Further opportunities were presented to me just a few months after my internship ended. I was able to land an externship in another department at UPMC. If it weren’t for Urban Innovation 21 providing me with the opportunity to intern at UPMC, I would not be in the position that I am in today!”

Hannah I Tajuddin
Carlow University
Pittsburgh Promise Intern
UPMC Health Plan

 “Urban Innovation21 is an amazing organization. This organization helped me network with many companies that I was interested. I applied for the Pittsburgh Promise internship that would place us at UPMC. When I got the internship, I was able to network with a lot of people, and learn more about UPMC. By networking with people, I was able to strengthen my relationship with UPMC, which allowed me to take the next step in applying for the Summer Associates program. If it wasn’t for Urban Innovation21, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

Rachel Reynolds
Duquesne University
PCKIZ Intern
ICBioethics

“I gained a lot of professional experience through the program. The company I work for wants to hire me after I graduate and I would have never gotten that offer without Urban Innovation21. Personally, it gave me the opportunity to be able to experience a professional workplace environment. I also gained a lot of networking ties from my workplace and from Urban Innovation21.”

Elicia Tedrow
Carlow University
PCKIZ Intern
Community Elf

“What I liked most about my internship was the concept and mission of the organization. I had the opportunity and was encouraged to learn about the environment and environmental issues, as well as economics and consumerism, all of which I wouldn’t have had the chance to otherwise. As a result, the internship experience helped me to develop a more well-rounded and multi-faceted basis of knowledge.”

Jake Jola
Duquesne University
PCKIZ Intern
Diamond Kinetics

“My experience with Diamond Kinetics and the Urban Innovation21 Internship program has been outstanding platform to begin my career. I truly believe the experiences I was able to have at Diamond Kinetics allowed me to get an internship with the Pittsburgh Pirates last season and ultimately a job with the Miami Marlins for this season. I learned how to work, communicate, and find needs in the industry. Though I studied sports in college, the real world experience working primarily in baseball has helped me to fully understand the industry. When I talk to baseball executives I am able to call on my experiences to impress them with the knowledge of future technologies in the sport. I understand things they don’t even understand yet in some instances. This creates a communication that is beneficial for both myself and the organization I am speaking to. So ultimately, my experiences with the internship program has allowed me to prepare well for my new career. Since I will be in charge of the technology the team uses, I already know a lot about improving players through technology. It is tough to say if I could even of had this position without what I learned at Diamond Kinetics. I am thankful for everything I have learned. Most importantly, I was able to work in an environment unlike any other. The team is one of a kind. I grew both professionally and personally. From other young professionals I know in the Pittsburgh area who have been fortunate enough to intern in the Urban Innovation21 program, they seem to be on a great track towards success. For me, it has been an experience I will never forget because it is where I started.”

Intern Testimonials – 2012