16 Sep My Future of Work Internship
My Future of Work Internship
By Christina Ziuchkovski
This Summer I started working for The Sustainable Muncie Corporation as an intern for The Future of Work. As a recent graduate from Anderson High School, I felt very blessed by the opportunity to begin fulfilling my aspirations of nonprofit work before the onset of my college education.
Our focus at The Future of Work is to initiate proactivity in keeping the community qualified for the evolving workforce. This summer, we have focused on three main aspects of this goal: sustaining community makers, closing the knowledge and perception gaps surrounding the STEM field, and increasing community support in workplaces and future employees. I have had the opportunity to aid in the development and implementation of our summer programming.
Throughout June and July, we hosted workshops on Monday evenings featuring different makers in the Madjax building. “Maker Mondays”, as we call them, allow our makers to share their craft with the community while inspiring future makers.
In mid-July, we held a Technology and Engineering camp for high school students, concluded with a day of drone racing. Joshua Dillard and David Perrel, both Anderson High School engineering teachers, were brought in to lead a camp designed to inspire youth in the STEM field. With intentions to include adults in the future of STEM, we put together an introduction to technology workshop for students and adults led by Randy Glaze, Muncie Central High School’s dual credit engineering instructor.
Although we will always advocate for training community members in employable skills, we recognize the necessity of a well-supported education and work environment in order to sustain interest, productivity, and mental health. In late June, we invited Derek Peterson to present his practical approach to increasing the support we give and receive, known as The Web of Support. The Future of Work hosted numerous events in which Peterson introduced and trained community members on how to grow their “web.” We were excited to see a positive response and are continuing to offer training to all who are interested in implementing The Web of Support into their circle of influence.
As a first year engineering student with a nonprofit leadership minor, this internship has been a perfect introduction to my career goals. Looking ahead to the future, I am excited to see the impact the Future of Work will continue to have on the city of Muncie. I look forward to witnessing more students fascinated by STEM and observing creative minds rising up as makers in the community. As I am watching the Web of Support integrate into local schools and workplaces, I am most eager to experience Muncie becoming a community anchored in relationships and love.
I will fondly remember my time interning for The Future of Work as the first step towards my career goals.