ROKO Labs Apprenticeship Experience

I was the youngest intern at ROKO Labs this year. Surrounded by all these elders and college-sempais (upperclassmen) made me really nervous at first. Especially on the first day, knowing that Amy was a member of the MOUSE Board, made me think that she’s a really strict person, but throughout the apprenticeship, I feel that she’s a very fun and wonderful person like Meredith. A great leader that always know how to make fun and work fit together at the same time. She is one of the most inspiring female that I look up too.

Working at ROKO Labs, I was able to help out bits and pieces of different projects that others have been working on. One project that I helped out is the ROKO Labs intranet using google sites. It took a lot of work, but each page was fun. It was hard to create an intranet because it was hard to make it appropriate but somewhat professional. Finding appropriate gadgets that fit for each of the pages werr hard but it was fun looking at the hmtl code to get rid of parts of the gadgets code when adding the gadgets to the page. Other projects that I was able to take a small part in was ONE-Access and NYSE Connect. My part in these projects are mostly the entering of data but knowing these applications/sites enlarges my knowledge base of the types of softwares available for the various businesses.

By the end of this apprenticeship, I’ve learnt a lot more about working in an co-working space, and the fun that it brings all. Connecting all that works there as well as all that visits there for work. Everyone treats each other with respect, the fun times that all share at the same time, it’s all great experiences. This apprenticeship gave me a lot of experience in learning about other interns’ college life and other co-workers’ employee/employer life. I’m sure this will encourage myself to work hard in both my future college and worker life.

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When I had asked to work with a group of kids, I did not have this in mind but it worked out pretty nicely. Although it was a struggle for me at first it was overall a great experience that tested my patience and communication skills with the younger generation. I tried to sit down and observe but found myself playing and participating with the children, which ultimately created strong connections between me and the children and surprisingly even the parents. 

The first week was hard for me because of the need of getting used to the tumult of noise at Storefront on a habitual routine, but it only took a week for me to acclimate. My mentor Dr. A is an amazing teacher and mother to these children in the camp. These children learn about scientific concepts such as inertia and gravity at a young age, which allows for a better understanding in the future. I enjoyed learning with the children about concepts that I should have already known going into college and although it was embarrassing at times I enjoyed the playful laughter and excited taunts the Storefront Kids would throw at me at the end of camp. 

I never saw myself as a person who was able to be SO patient but it happened, mainly because I just started playing along and laughing with them. Leonissa is an AMAZINGperson with an enormously patient attitude and a fortified sense of education and direction. She cares about everyone of her tiny disciples and cherishes their responses although they sometimes make no sense.

Leaving the apprenticeship I am saddened because I will no longer be able to laugh and play like I am a 5 year old again I guess this was a good wake up call. Honestly inside I’m still one of those kids so thank you Storefront Science for magnifying the “inner child” with in.  

Storefront Science Apprenticeship

My name is Sarah and Storefront Science was the second internship I had this summer. My apprenticeship host was Dr. Leonisa Ardizzone. The foundation that Leonisa built is truly amazing. Storefront Science is a six week summer camp for children ages 4 through 12. I have worked at StoSci all six weeks. Just like my previous internship at EDC, I had no idea what to expect as I had never formally worked with children before. I have taken care of children, but never in large groups and I have never taught science to such a broad age group before. That was another new challenge I tackled, teaching.

Everyday was a new challenge, not only with science, but dealing with children. It got really difficult and frustrating at times when kids were demanding or simply acting like children. However, more often than not, it was very rewarding. It was rewarding when I was able to clear up a concept for a child or helping them out on a project. The most rewarding part of all this was the hugs, smiles, laughter and love that the atmosphere held in the small basement of the Church. Aside from making sure every child went home with a new science concept, we made sure every child went home satisfied and cared for. I could never forget the experience Storefront Science and Leonisa (and of course MOUSE) provided me with this summer. It definitely was the better part of my summer and ended my summer with a bang. I have left this internship with a lot of experience, great memories and joy    


My Time at Storefront Science

Growing up, I was part of a lot of summer camps as a kid.  I would always find it boring to simply sit around the summer time, hoping that something interesting would happen.  Sure, I had video games, but even that could not cure my restlessness after a while.  Thus, summer camps seemed perfect, not only did they provide me with many experiences, but with many new friends as well. As a result, the time at those camps helped shape who I am, and I look back upon those days with great nostalgia.

I was also a rather avid lover of science, as it provided me with not only the answers I required for my rather frenzied curiosity, but also a means to seek them out myself.  As a result, I always sought out to learn more about the mystifying subject, and even continue to do so now.  Thus, it can be fair to say that this aspect of me also had a significant impact on the person who is typing up this blog at this moment.

Therefore, last summer when I saw that one of the Apprenticeship opportunities involved working at a summer camp featuring scientific lessons and activities, it was hardly an opportunity I could turn a blind eye on.  Thus, I signed up, and started worked there with full gusto.  I was not disappointed, far from that, I was immensely satisfied with my time there.  Not only where the staff kind and inviting, but so was the material.  Granted, it was elementary, but it was still science, and thus, I was excited to teach it.  I enjoyed sharing my knowledge with other children as invested in the subject as I was, and thus, I had a great time.  Of course, no camp was complete without its problematic elements, but even so, the other staff showed me how to deal with them, and with time, I was able to maintain them as well.  Not only did I have fun, but I felt that I grew as a person.

Obviously, when the opportunity showed up for the second year in a row, I just had to apply again.  Thankfully, I was invited back with open arms, and I was ready to start again.  We had some new staff additions this year, which in combination to the new location, gave the camp a fresh, and yet, intimating feeling.  However, this was quickly overcome by the friendliness and overall familiarity I had with Storefront Science.  Some of the things we taught I was not present for last year, but with the support I got, I was able to spread the material with ease to the children.  On that notes, the roster of the children had shifted as well, but that was hardly an issue, as there were some returns, and everyone was still just as eager to learn. Throughout this summer’s experience, I was able to hone the skills I had learned the year before, and of course, have fun while doing it.  Overall, I am grateful that I was able to work at this camp let again this year, and I hope to next summer as well.  I know these are memories I will be fond in both the near and far future.

EDC Apprenticeship

My name is Sarah and I recently interned for EDC, the Education Development Center. My mentor’s name was Francisco Cervantes. It was such a pleasure to work with Francisco. He really did make me feel welcomed into the work place and made me feel involved with the projects. I had no idea what to expect going into this internship or what it was going to be like. After all, this was my first internship opportunity as a rising sophomore in high school. However, I was ready to take on any challenge that would be given to me. I learned how to code games — not the html coding, but playing and categorizing games. I also searched for games that included basic science concepts such as photosynthesis, electricity and heat energy. I searched and played these games and then coded a few. I also learned how to use excel spreadsheets, a skill I had not acquired yet.

By the end of the two weeks I worked at EDC, I was feeling very confident in all that I learned, whether it was the professional side of things in a work place or whether it was just sitting at my desk working on spreadsheets and coding games. My mentor, Francisco, was definitely an awesome mentor and I also learned that he was creating an app and trying to get it in the markets. It was nice to get to know Francisco and learn from him. Overall, working at EDC was such an incredible experience and I learned so much in the two weeks I was there.

Post Apprenticeship Blogpost

          My name is Abraham Makhdoomi and my apprenticeship was GadgITERATION. From the beginning of the internship I felt like I didn’t know what I was getting into. As if everything I had done during the training days were just to get us ready for something else. And once we finally got to the actual work it was more work than you’d expert.

          We began by doing exercises so the kids can get we acquainted with the people they would be working with in the “camp”. Then we did challenges to see what sort of creative and innovative things they could make with the select tools we provided. Of Course, that led to use teaching them new tricks and providing new tools like the Noise Makers to make more innovative projects. These projects were like the challenges but tested the way each group though of the topics and resulted in many “teste cases”. though they were resolved with some conflict resolution.

          By the end of the apprenticeship I felt that I had learned also about myself and what kind of tech person I want to be. I want to explore the possibilities and create innovative things that will revolutionise the way we think about technology. Thanks to my mentors, Louisa Campbell and Rachel Brown, I can make something innovative out of the things that surround me.


Post-Apprenticeship Blog

My name is Avishek Paul and I have quite recently finished my apprenticeship and AppNexus. It has certainly been an interesting experience working there and is definitely a unique experience that I can’t really compare to anything else. It was quite strange to work at a large company that still manages to feel like a tight-knit community. Strange but enjoyable.

At the beginning I was definitely nervous. Very nervous in fact. When you first enter the building you get greeted by a doorman, and then have to sign in/use your ID to even get into the place. It had a very formal feel to it at first. But once you actually look around you realize that the vibe is actually quite informal. Despite the fact that people are working with very sensitive information and a lot of money is involved – everyone seems relaxed and casual. It was somewhat difficult getting into it at first. But with time I think I managed to find a flow and fit in better. One point that needs to be made is the sheer size of the place. The company owns two floors of a building, and it is enormous. I have literally gotten lost several times at the beginning. But towards the end, lets just say I didn’t get lost as much.After spending a fair portion of my day at the place for several weeks I have learned quite a bit. I’ve gained experience working with several of the online databases that they use in professional environments and have learned how to conduct myself professionally in a business setting.

One of the major projects that I was involved in was the setting up of accounts, phones, and computers of the new batch of new-hires that started at the company not long after I started my apprenticeship. This involved setting up phones, gathering monitors, imaging Macs and dealing with whatever problems came up. Another one of my major projects was gathering and compiling all of the RT system’s raw support ticket data and converting it into more elegant graphs and charts.

I had several mentors during this Apprenticeship, Cheech, the mentor that was assigned to me, and then there was also Matt and Tyler. Cheech was the person that I went to for general advice, such as my role in CorpIT and what was expected of me. Matt was the person I went to for more technical advice regarding the problems that came up while I was helping others with their problems. Tyler was the person that gave me work essentially, he assigned me tasks and I completed them under his watchful eye and helpful guidance.

All-in-all this was a fun experience and would definitely recommend it to someone else if I was asked.