Guest Author: Aashay Sanghvi, Intern, Arizona SciTech Festival
I’ve always loved interacting with new people. From social to professional circumstances, I always enjoy the thrill of meeting a new person or finding myself in a different situation. That is why I was tremendously excited to start my internship with the Arizona SciTech Festival and Arizona Commerce Authority. And when Jeremy Babendure, the Executive Director of the Festival, approached me about a project revolving around meeting different organizations and companies, I could not have been more elated. We devised this idea in our heads to create a pilot project called Internships Arizona. The mission and purpose is to highlight and expose where the different internships are happening across the state. We wanted to learn about the mentors, mentees, and organizations; as well as reveal their stories through our blog and newsletter. So, I started reaching out to as many people as I could—sending emails, making phone calls, visiting sites, and conducting interviews. As an intern myself, I was gaining exposure to real-world skills and applications that I know will help me later on in life. And as I learned more about the internships, the theme of why an internship is important was boldly consistent. In short, there is nothing like having real-world exposure at a young age. It teaches one how to think and act on his or her own feet. The ability to know how people interact with each other outside the classroom cannot be taught, it must be experienced. Internships Arizona is an ever-evolving project and we hope you enjoy the many stories detailing the great things people from Arizona do.