OUR SCHOOLS: Internships, Helping our Students, One Intern at a Time

OUR SCHOOLS: Internships, Helping our Students, One Intern at a Time

Published on Feb 18, 2016


Kadijah is a junior at Culinary Arts Academy and interned at the Mark Twain House.  Although a bit apprehensive about interning at the Mark Twain House, she is quoted as saying, "It became a second home to me.  The staff welcomed me and my supervisor, Grace Belanger, supported me from day one." 

Kadijah, her supervisor at Mark Twain House, Grace Belanger, and the Community Partnerships Liaison for Culinary Arts Academy, Alessandro Rey Bermudez sat down to share their experiences.

As a Visitor Services Intern at the Mark Twain House, Kadijah spends approximately 12 hours per week greeting customers, answering phone calls, coordinating group tours and also facilitating tours with other staff members.  She has gained experience working with their ticketing service software system.  When asked what she has enjoyed most about her internship, Kadijah glows with a big beautiful smile and says, "I enjoy meeting and talking with other people from different cultures. People from different countries come and visit the Mark Twain House and I never expected that experience to come from this internship."

Kadijah is a part of the Hartford Student Internship Program (HSIP), in partnership with Capital Workforce Partners, which matches students with theme aligned experiences.  Culinary Arts Academy is one of five NAF Academies (NAF) within the Hartford Public School District.   The other NAF schools include High School Inc., Academy of Engineering & Green Technology at Hartford Public High School, Academy of Nursing and Health Sciences at Hartford Public High School, and Pathways Academy of Technology & Design.  The theme of Culinary is Hospitality and Tourism so Mark Twain House was a perfect fit for a theme aligned internship experience. 

Kadijah looks forward to the day when she can become an entrepreneur and create her own foundation to help people.  She hopes to attend Clark Atlanta University and will spend her spring break on a Historically Black College Tour.  She calls herself a people person and a multitasker.

Click here to watch the video interview.

Learn more here:
National Academy Foundation at www.naf.org
Historically Black College and University Tour (HBCU)

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