My ITWorks Internship: The Superhero Intern. I am interning at the Elections Department in Las Vegas, Nevada, for Clark County.
I am having first-hand experience in helping this country exercise its right to vote. You can call me somewhat of an unsung hero. Not all superheroes wear capes, some wear badges with your name on it. The badge may have a photo of you taken with your eyes half open and mouth drooping because the photographer didn't give you a heads-up of when they were snapping the photo. Now you're stuck with it. But you embrace it. I have learned many tricks of the trade here during my internship. Thankfully I've had my best friend, Google, right by my side throughout my time in the IT field. But, of course, I had a great teacher at ITWorks and mentors at my internship as well. I've had a chance to learn multiple aspects of IT in my time with Clark County.
The 5 things I've enjoyed the most during my internship are:
- The type of work: I really enjoy working with technology and just making things work. I had an opportunity to do that here. From imaging computers to just finding different ways to get the jobs done more efficiently, I've enjoyed the work here.
- The people: Everyone here has been nothing less of respectful and willing to help me learn something new on a daily basis.
- The knowledge: I appreciate all the knowledge that my supervisors and coworkers here have passed on to me. I've learned how to be efficient and get the job done. I've been preached to on how important your lunch breaks are; an effective lunch break leads to a much more efficient IT mind. But I've also been taught valuable lessons outside of the IT field.
- The opportunity: I'm thankful for the opportunity to put all the hard work from class into the field. There have been moments where I could definitely trace back a solution I found in the field to the classroom.
- The room for growth: During my time in class and my time here with Clark County, I've been able to see the potential possibilities I could branch off to after my time with the program comes to a conclusion. I've been provided with tools to continue this process after I complete my superhero journey with Clark County.
I'm very grateful to Tech Impact and appreciative to my teacher – Kera – and the staff that have helped not only myself but all of my beautiful, precious, and obnoxiously amazing classmates.
Over 100 volunteers give their time to each session of ITWorks. Volunteer participation is what sets this program apart and what makes being an ITWorks student such a special experience. There are several ways to get involved in all of our locations: Philadelphia, Delaware, and Las Vegas.
Become a Mentor
Help a current ITWorks student stay motivated, provide guidance and support, and encourage them through the duration of the class.
Time Commitment: 1 hour per week for 18 weeks; in-person, via phone or email.
Host a Friday Session
Teach the ITWorks students the “soft skills” they need to succeed in the workplace. Curriculum is provided. Present the topic yourself, or with a group of colleagues.
Time Commitment: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Friday of your choice while class is in session.
Host a Lunch & Learn
Join the ITWorks students over the lunch hour. Bring in food and open a discussion about your career and how you got to where you are today.
Time Commitment: One hour on any day of your choice, Monday through Thursday.
Provide an Internship
Collaborate with ITWorks staff to host a student (or two) for our capstone: a minimum 5-week internship with local IT organizations. Interns work 24 hours per week, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Time Commitment: Minimum of 5 weeks, plus time to interview and select your intern.
Our volunteers are such an asset to our programs and make a huge impact on our students. Tech Impact would not be the same without them!
Learn More About Becoming an IT Works Volunteer