As summer comes to a close, many Pomona students will return to campus with a new set of career experiences, thanks to internships across the country and around the globe. Through the Pomona College Internship Program (PCIP), 68 students received funding to participate in work opportunities that would otherwise be unpaid, while others found paid internships that also allowed them to live in new cities and gain new experiences.
Samuel Kelly ’18
Kelly, a media studies major, interned with “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” in New York City, N.Y.
“I'd say one of the biggest things I've learned at this internship is the level of professionalism necessary to make a massive production like ‘The Daily Show’ operate smoothly and at a high level. It takes a lot of people to get ‘The Daily Show’ on the air every night, and I'm always impressed at how everyone in the office knows exactly what they need to do to make it successful.”
Marisol Diaz ’18
Diaz, an American studies major, was a legislative intern with California Assemblymember Cristina Garcia's ’99 office in Sacramento, Calif.
“Interacting with staffers in Assemblymember Cristina Garcia’s '99 office has been great. She has such a wonderful team of people; specifically, in her office, there are a lot of women and women of color. It’s very encouraging to me, and it’s very important in shaping my experience to be surrounded by women.”
Pablo Ordoñez ’18
Ordoñez, a public policy analysis major, was a policy intern with the Department of Commerce, Census Bureau, in Washington, D.C.
"I’m really getting a chance to learn how a large corporation works – that’s one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned. Everyone has this big misconception of the government: it’s a very slow, monotonous, perfunctory place; but like any company, there is a CEO and high-level executives, meetings, people very connected to the mission of the bureau – and that’s helpful to me for any industry I’ll go into. Government could be slow and inefficient, but there are people there who are very committed to the work they are doing who have extremely innovative ideas.”
Victoria Anders ’18
"My favorite part has been taking on tasks looking at the documents that have been published by the current administration. For example, I was tasked with reading through Mr. Trump's proposed budget, particularly the budget for the Department of State and USAID… The budgeting decisions of the administration will affect everyone from the direct grantees of government programs, foreign entities and governments, and the consulting firms and contractors who make government projects come to fruition. Essentially, it's been interesting to learn about the ripple effects of the current administration beyond just the politics of it, and understanding better one topic that really interests me — public-private partnerships at all levels.”
Elvis Kahoro ’20
Kahoro (right), a computer science major, was a software engineering intern with Facebook in Menlo Park, Calif. He is pictured here with (left to right) Karen Ai '18 (software engineering intern), Xiaoyin Qu '15 (project manager) and Ziqi Xiong '17 (software engineer).
“I learned an incredible amount on the differences between [studying] computer science as compared to being an actual software engineer. There are skills in software development and frameworks in place that aren't utilized in the study of computer science. Agile development, version/source control, code review and coding to minimize failures with edge cases. My favorite part of the entire internship experience was meeting with the Pomona alumni at Facebook, at Stanford and in the San Francisco Bay Area.”
Carly Grimes ’18
“My favorite part of this internship was interacting with the dog's owners since I love communicating science research to the general public. The owners were always very interested and would ask great questions that sharpened my ability to make complex scientific theories more easily digestible for people with vastly varying scientific backgrounds.”