In 2015, Yelim Yeoum participated in the JKCP Internship program as an Intern at AYC Media. During her internship, she focused heavily on graphic design, creating a menu for a restaurant, a company logo, a mascot and puzzles for children. While Yelim is busy with college applications, tests, extracurriculars and other very important projects, we caught up with her to reflect on her high school summer internship experience. After having a few months to decompress, here is what she had to say about her summer:
Why did you choose the JKCP Internship program?
Stressing about how I could fit both an internship and classes in one summer, I was fortunate enough to come across the JKCP website. Reading about the program online, I doubted that I would be able to get a real professional experience as a high school student. I thought to myself, “even college students have a hard time finding internships or are assigned minor tasks as interns. What could a high schooler possibly accomplish in three weeks?” Little did I know that choosing the JKCP Internship program would be one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and that I would spend my last summer before my senior year in the most fulfilling way with amazing people.
What did you like most about the program?
The various activities that I could participate in were a highlight for me. On the evenings and weekends, I got to explore D.C. and New York City with a group of friends, go bowling, explore the beautiful city of Philadelphia by walking around Rittenhouse Square and other exciting parts of the city, and participate in so much more. Whether it was a movie night, a dance party, or a bus-ride on the way to downtown Philly, I met many students from various other JKCP programs and immediately found myself engaged in conversations that ranged from school life and colleges to the amazing food near campus that we frequented. Although I loved spending time in the Quad, especially the lounge in the dorm I stayed in, it was really nice to spend my summer visiting other states and making new friends.
What did you gain from doing this internship?
As a graphic design intern at AYC Media, I got to not only explore one of my big interests, but I also got to have hands-on experience beyond what I was expecting going in. Getting the chance to work with professionals was incredible, but being assigned actual projects was absolutely amazing. Just two days into my internship, I was already given a project and my world all of a sudden became one of graphics and pixels. As a huge fan of Illustrator and Photoshop, it was great to learn about various tools, techniques, and shortcuts from my co-workers and to do what I love on a much bigger scale. I had an unforgettable work experience and am so thankful to JKCP for having made it all possible.
What were the benefits of living with and getting to know such a diverse community of people at Penn?
At the program, I was surrounded by students from all over the world who were all very passionate about the various fields they wanted to pursue and we all had something to learn from each other. I very much enjoyed eating almost every meal with different people each time, and listening to them talk about where they are from, their schools, and more. I think I was able to have such a great time both socially and intellectually because I was surrounded by students who were all interested in getting a head start on work experience like myself. I still keep in touch with them on Facebook and am glad that I had the chance to make such incredible friends.
What did you enjoy about living on Penn’s campus?
Living in the Quad with hundreds of high school students was the best pre-college experience I could have ever asked for. Just outside my dorm in the lower Quad and a few steps from my dorm near McCelland, there were always students playing Frisbee or simply sitting on benches, whom I could walk up to and engage in conversation with. Almost every night after work, I hung out with friends and played pool or card games in the lounge. Whenever I had free time, I went to Wawa to grab midnight snacks or stayed up late watching Netflix with my hall mates. I liked how I was given a lot of freedom because it really felt as if I were in college. During my stay at UPenn, I had so much fun figuring out how to do the laundry with friends, ordering insomnia cookies at night, sharing what I did at my internship with other interns over breakfast at 1920 Commons, and just being surrounded by students my age. When the program ended, I really didn’t want to leave Penn. I still miss my room and the “Quad life” and simply cannot wait for my dorm life experience when I get to college!