Editors Note: Francisco "Cisco" is a high school intern through Greer Middle College Charter High School. He has been working with Nasha Lending this year and will be sharing some of his experiences on the blog over the next few weeks.
Hello! My name is Francisco Celis Villagrana. I was born in Puebla, Mexico, but moved to America with my family when I was four years old. I lived in Michigan and Texas, and I have been living in Greenville, South Carolina for almost nine years. I am a senior at Greer Middle College Charter High School, and I will be enrolling into Clemson University this coming fall.
In order to graduate, seniors at my high school have to complete either a senior project or a senior project internship. A senior project is a year-long program in which students create a ‘product’. Examples of prior senior projects include: learning to play an instrument, building and programing a drone from scratch, and writing a book. In a senior project internship, students apply and are chosen to intern at an organization in the Greenville area. The two programs serve to teach students to conduct independent research, gain valuable real-world skills, and provide experience in the profession or field of study they are interested in.
I applied and was accepted into the internship program, and interned at iMAGINE Upstate, a non-profit dedicated to exciting Upstate youth about the many STEM careers available, from August to November. When the director of iMAGINE Upstate accepted a job offer with a different organization, I was allocated to another non-profit, Nasha Lending.
At Nasha Lending, I worked on many assignments that gave me an insight into the workings of a non-profit business. The biggest assignment I’ve taken on thus far is to make a bicycle desk. This bicycle desk will serve as a new addition to Textile Hall—a community based workspace in the Village of West Greenville and office space of Nasha Lending. This project will challenge me to work hands-on, build upon the advice and constructive criticism of my mentors, and think creatively. I am very excited to be working on this project, and I will share the process and what I learn very soon!