Throughout the month of July, the Chamber hosted two high school students from the PRIME internship program with Arlington Public Schools. Kyle Black joined us as our membership intern and Clara Falkenheim was our operations intern. Both students are rising seniors and placed as interns with the Chamber based on their fields of interest. Continue reading to learn more about these wonderful students!
My name is Kyle Black and I am a rising senior at H-B Woodlawn Secondary Program. I was introduced to the Chamber through PRIME, a summer internship program in Arlington that matches rising juniors and seniors with internships corresponding to their interests. Being interested in social entrepreneurship and business, I was eager to get started with the Chamber, but I had no idea how much I was going to learn.
While my tasks during my internship experience always varied, I was consistently applied to do work and research surrounding businesses in Arlington. With the direction of my mentor Mike Rosenow, I helped the membership department in many ways, including updating Chamber databases, conducting research on prospective members, and even attending in-person events. All of this experience opened my eyes to the Arlington economy and taught me the many ways that businesses, from large corporations like Amazon to small local restaurants, can work. Additionally, my experience with Chamber sponsored events allowed me to realize the power of connection and how valuable it is in the world of business.
Overall, I am very thankful for my experience at the Chamber and the many amazing people that made it possible. I plan on furthering my interests in social entrepreneurship and economics in college, and although I have not decided on an exact career path, I would love to pursue a career where my impact on the world is just as profound as that of the Chamber.
Throughout my time at the Chamber, I discovered more about how the businesses which I have been surrounded by my whole life are involved in the community. I also learned more about how the Chamber is such an integral part of Arlington’s economy, as a key resource to all members.
I have had a variety of responsibilities, such as helping to manage the Chamber database, organizing the office space, sorting through financial records, sending and assembling mail outs, and more. I attended staff meetings and had the opportunity to attend the monthly Chamber Breakfast Connection. This event allowed me the opportunity to meet the faces of some of Arlington’s businesses and practice my networking skills. The Chamber has such a collaborative and friendly work environment that has helped me thrive in adjusting to the 9 to 5, business casual, professional, lifestyle. This opportunity has allowed me to gain confidence in such an environment, which no doubt will benefit me in my next job interview and in my future career.
After graduating from Yorktown, I hope to study mathematics and either finance or economics in college, and to afterwards continue on with a career in those areas. I am certain that my experiences at the Chamber will continue to help me as I pursue these goals.