Foresight Design Initiative believes fostering talent produces exponential impact over time. We are committed to providing internships that offer hands-on experience on a wide variety of sustainability-related projects. Our interns are given an opportunity to play an integral part in fulfilling the organization's mission and contributing to its success.
This summer we had three stellar interns join us in our studio and apply their skills and insights to a variety of our initiatives while fostering their professional development. Here’s what they had to say about their experiences:
The sole bright spot in all of the harrowing devastation seen from Oaxaca to Texas to the Caribbean is the shining demonstration of neighborliness. Stories of neighbors checking in on one another, looking out for the elderly woman down the hall, or the young family down the street. In resilience planning, this is evidence of social cohesion and considered a vital component to preparing for climate change impacts, among other threats. But what does social cohesion even mean?
Astute oversight is everything. Every member of the Foresight Design Initiative Board of Directors is a strategic addition to the larger whole. Most recently, David Leopold, Director of Project Management at the City Digital division of UI Labs signed on. Connecting with smart, enthusiastic, constructively critical colleagues has been essential to my professional development.
Urban Loops and Wonder
The streetlights go on. The coffeemaker percolates. Potable water flows from the tap. The toilet flushes. The city works. Through Foresight’s various projects, I’ve been fortunate to gain an insider's perspective on many of these urban systems.
Creating the Conveyor
Experiential knowledge is key. My transition from college to career was mediated by a year-long internship. Equipped with a (barely) livable salary, access to a large professional network, and a fair amount of responsibility, I flourished. This week, Foresight’s summer interns arrive.
A running guide of what NOT to do. The first iteration of Tim's Ta-Don't List was a goodbye gift from Foresight's summer staff person Rachel Young, left behind on my whiteboard. Now, I'm keeping it going with weekly updates, in the spirit of better, more impactful change-making.
69. DON’T say pratfall when what you meant was pitfall. Remember that time we hosted a multi-stakeholder convening and you slipped on a banana peel?