The next speaker, Ruben, talked about the excitement he felt when he learned he would be interning at AT&T. Ruben is a college student studying computer science, with a focus in cybersecurity. But when he learned he would be interning in a department outside of his field of study, he was unsure what to think. He decided to trust that he’d been given the placement for a reason, and on his first day, when his supervisor Elaine gave him a warm welcome and introduced him to the President of AT&T, Ruben’s expectations were already exceeded.
“I learned to never judge an opportunity,” Ruben said. “All the employees at AT&T have amazing points of view. I made a lot of connections and asked a lot of questions.” He told the crowd that he will be forever grateful for his experience. “Thank you, AT&T,” he said, “for taking a chance on Mercy Home interns and on me.”
After the speeches came special recognitions and awards—first to Rick Stern of Nitel, who gave all our young people the opportunity to get professional clothing. One of our young men, Devionne, presented a gift to the Nitel representatives in attendance as a thank you. Our Career Resources team then recognized our outstanding interns of the summer: Juan, Yazmin, Tiberias, and Nikki. They also recognized Mercy Home’s Kitchen team, not only for providing our young people three meals a day, but for giving many of them their first job experience. Finally, Katelyn thanked the Career Resources team, who helped make the summer internships such a success for our young people and their employers.