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Career/Interactive Interns at DoSomething.org

July 31, 2015 by

Career/Interactive intern Toyin Robinson is a 17-year-old who attends Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx. She works in quality assurance as the youngest intern at DoSomething.org.

Humble Beginnings

Being from Jamaica, the world of tech was not a major thing. As a third world country, Jamaica’s job options are limited, with positions mostly for teachers, doctors, hotel workers and restaurant workers. Computer science classes were never offered at my school.

The day that I stumbled upon the “inspect element” feature that exposed the code behind my favorite website, I was surprised and confused. At first, I had no idea what coding was. I moved my mouse over the panel and saw certain areas of the page light up. Unfamiliar to coding (except for seeing it on science fiction movies), I did not know what it was. That was the day I discovered what the building blocks of a web page look like.

Code/Interactive

“We are starting a computer science club!” my teacher said. At first, I was a little hesitant to the idea. “We have partnered with Code/Interactive,” my teacher continued. By joining C/I, I was able to learn how to code in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript and I finally figured out how to become a website creator instead of just using websites.

I learned about the in-demand job opportunities in the world of tech and that C/I could help me get an internship in the industry. C/I taught me how to prepare for working in a world that sometimes discriminates and expects the worst from minorities. I also learned how to be a good quality assurance analyst and to find and report every bug on a website. With the help of C/I, I was able to get an interview with DoSomething.org, which hired me for my first job ever.

DoSomething.org

When I arrived to work for the first time at DoSomething.org, I was welcomed by people casually sitting around a kitchen table drinking coffee, with laptops in front of their faces. “Are you the new intern?” many people asked.  “Yes! I am the new QA intern,” I responded, then they followed with questions about my age. After telling them that I’m just 17, immediately employees responded, “Oh, you’re very young.” I learned that I was one of the youngest people who would be working there this summer in our large group of interns. I also learned that I would be working face to face with the Chief Technology Officer of DoSomething.org, Matt Holford.

I never knew that offices did not have to have cubicles. I was surprised and thankful at the fact that I could easily go up to the CTO to share ideas and learn about technical things. The office is a comfy, open space where I can ask for help, grow as a person, and learn new things. The best thing about my workplace is the interesting people I meet every day that have different cultural backgrounds. For instance, two nice ladies from England showed me the best places to eat during lunch time. DoSomething.org is very “intern friendly.”

Future

 “When a task is once begun never leave it till it’s done 

Be the labor great or small Do it well or not at all”- Anonymous

In the future, I hope that I will be able to work with DoSomething.org again. With my knowledge of the tech world and my resilience while learning to code, I can enter almost any field of work. I can imagine myself making positive changes in the world when I grow up, just like DoSomething.org does every day. Being in this internship with C/I has opened my eyes to the endless possibilities for my future.

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