Bank of America Summer Intern Highlight: Kasia

 
by Kim Merrikin, Seattle Goodwill
August 11, 2015
 

Kasia is about to start her senior year in high school. In her spare time, she enjoys doing craft projects, enjoying her friends and family, and adventuring in the Washington outdoors. You will also find her at sporting events like Sounders matches, Mariners games—and the occasional Trailblazers or Canucks games. She loves learning from her dad, a talented entrepreneur, and her best friend is her older brother Arthur, a student at Northwestern University.

On top of all that—she’s given many of her summer hours to Seattle Goodwill as a Job Training and Education intern through Bank of America’s Student Leaders program. We got a chance to ask her some questions about her experience:

You recently returned from the Bank of America Student Leaders Summit in Washington D.C. What was your favorite part of the experience?
The Bank of America Student Leaders Summit was an absolute blast! Teens from across the country gathered to discuss their experiences and impact. To be able to listen to peers talk of the way that they are making a difference, and hear from members of Congress and Presidents/CEOs of major companies, was truly a time in life that will never be replicated. I am so grateful to the Bank of America Charitable Foundation for making this possible for me and all of the other Student Leaders.

My favorite event was going to meet with our state representatives. We got to sit down with Representative Jim McDermott and met briefly with Senator Patty Murray.

In addition to interning at Seattle Goodwill, we know you have been heavily involved in the Teens in Public Service program. What would you say to encourage other people your age to be more involved in our community?
I found my interest in community involvement by just trying out a volunteer opportunity. This turned into actively seeking chances to help local non-profits, and then to the discovery of Teens in Public Service! I encourage people to give service a chance, it may not be the right fit for you right now, but you can try different opportunities in the future!

What was your favorite moment during your time at Seattle Goodwill?
My favorite moment during my time at Seattle Goodwill was being invited to a Yesler Terrace Community Collaborative meeting by Vice President of Job Training and Education b.g. Nabors-Glass. I will never forget when b.g. walked me around the room introducing me to the major leaders in the housing and development initiatives here in Seattle.

What are some key lessons you’ve learned working with us here at Seattle Goodwill, and how will you apply them outside of this internship?
My experiences and responsibilities fell into a wide range of categories as I helped in the Internet and Email Class, all the way to attending and participating in the Marketing and Communications Departmental Meeting. The biggest lesson that I learned is what Goodwill’s mission is, how they see it playing out within the coming years, and the actions they take to get there.                                                   

You’re entering you’re last year in high school! What are you looking forward to the most?
I am going to be Vice President of my school this year and I am excited for the projects and events that correlate with that responsibility. I am excited to keep progressing and learning in life! It will be a busy year… but I am up for the ride!

Do you have any post-high school plans or goals?
After high school it is my dream to attend Stanford University. After college, I want to be one of the few female general managers of a professional sports team. That would be amazing to me because would I be combining my two primary interests, business and sports, and would also be breaking a massive barrier in a predominantly male industry. Before that, however, I would like to spend a year working for AmeriCorps. I want to be able to make a difference in this world.

I want say THANK YOU to all of the employees who have made my time at Goodwill such a positive and enriching experience. By being involved at the administrative level, while simultaneously working with the students here at Goodwill, I was able to learn a great deal about the corporate side of things, and see the direct impact we were making and discussing in meetings.


 

Kim fancies herself a professional communicator. She has experience in writing, graphic design, and social media, and is always looking to expand her knowledge base into other fields of communication. She loves people, coffee & Seattle (including the rain).

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