Welcome to our second Future Graduates Newsletter this summer. We are continuing to highlight all of our partners with pictures and quotes from our participants
David Hua from Meadow has been a supporter of Future Graduates since the program started 5 years ago. This summer his team took on three seniors from Lowell High School: Chrislyn Earle, Selina Feng, and Gideon Fox. The recent graduates have all been helping Meadow grow its brand through staffing events, managing social media accounts, and business development research. The staff is eager to teach the students about the rapidly changing medical marijuana policies in America and how to eliminate the stigma surrounding medical marijuana. The students all shared how much they appreciate working with a passionate mentor, like David, and the daily grind of working at a startup.
This is the second summer Next Request has partnered with Future Graduates. Interns Senia McClure and Alana Era are collecting data for Next Request’s software, which allows for governments to access public records efficiently. The interns are helping with research projects, social media efforts, and crafting content for their very own newsletter. Next Request’s Co-Founder and CPO, Reed Duecy-Gibbs, had a great experience last summer with two interns and said that, “working with smart young people, who want to learn is what really matters to our company.”
Biff Clark from Assurance Data, a security and data protection company, has hosted Future Graduate interns for three summers now and his trio this year are all from Lowell: Caleb Kahookele, Brian Li, and Eric Sun. Biff has eloquently structured a pathway for his interns that begins with a baseline of digital literacy, coding, and the soft skills needed to work in a professional environment. Eventually the plan is to expose the interns to various forms and uses of marketing analytics. All three gentleman collectively agreed that they applied for this internship to get real life skills in tech, to jumpstart their careers, and have that extra competitive edge in college and the job market. Biff is committed to being part of the program because he “loves to see the evolution of a student becoming more engaged and asking critical questions about working in cyber security.”