Practicing what we preach with a summer intern

June 11, 2013 |

Charlotte Works is set to welcome a summer youth intern.

Diamond Grier, a rising senior at East Mecklenburg High School, is a participant of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Program.

She will join the staff in mid-June and work eight weeks.

“We’re trying to give her exposure to all our staff and the various positions within the organization,” says Pat Battle, executive assistant/office manager. “Plus, she’ll benefit from our services, specifically resume and career coaching.”

Grier will engage in a combination of observation and actual work. She’ll attend orientations, workshops and meetings of the board of directors and the youth council.

At the end of her internships, Grier will make a presentation to select staff members on her experiences and offer suggestions for improvement in one specific aspect of Charlotte Works operations, such as orientation, or developing a campus program to educate students about the organization.

“We’re giving her career exposure and work experience, including soft-skill development such as time management, dressing for success, leadership and critical thinking,” says Danielle Frazier, director of youth programs. “And we’re getting out of it what we’re selling to employers and the community: developing the talent pipeline through youth.”