Each year, we bring in one or two college students for our summer internship program. This summer we had two great additions to our office and we were sad to say goodbye to them both last week as they took off for one last vacation before heading back to school this month. But before they left we asked them both some questions about what it's like to work here and what they found interesting. Here we put the spotlight on Izzy Burbank ...
Tell me about yourself …
My name is Isabelle Burbank and I am a 21 year old from Charlotte, NC. I’m a rising junior English major at Davidson College and in my free time I enjoy reading, writing, running and traveling. This coming fall I’m really excited to spend a semester in Vienna, Austria where I’ll continue with my English major and attempt to learn some German too!
Why did you apply to an internship here?
With only two years of college left, I really wanted to explore the working world and get a sense of what I might want to do for a career. As an English major, I wanted to try something that would involve communications and critical thinking. Topics Education appealed to me in particular because of their commitment to education and other philanthropic initiatives. Here at Topics, I’ve been able to learn a lot myself and, at the same time, have a positive impact on others’ education.
What’s the best thing about working at Topics this summer?
My favorite part about working at Topics is that, the whole time I’ve been here, I’ve felt like a part of a team. As a student without much office experience, I wasn’t sure how important my input would be in the office. After spending time here, however, I’ve come to realize how collaborative each and every project is. The people here at Topics are very open to questions and discussion and have really made me feel like I too have a voice here.
What is something you’ve learned?
I’ve learned that the best ideas come from communication and creativity. It always helps to bounce your ideas off someone else and approach things from a different perspective.
What project have you enjoyed working on the most?
I really enjoyed working on one of the curriculum proposals because I really got to see how ideas take shape and evolve through discussion and collaboration. My assignment was to join the online Fan Community and come up with different ways that the website could be improved and integrated into the curriculum. I liked this assignment because it gave me a lot of room to be creative, and I got to find out more about a worthwhile cause.
Working at Topics has been a great experience for me and I’m so glad that I got to get some early experience in the working world in such an open and friendly environment.