Hear from our Summer’18 interns


  Interns (Audrey Do and Kristy Lu) working with Executive Director Quyen Vuong and Operations & Finance Manager MyHanh Dao at ICAN office in Milpitas

Interns (Audrey Do and Kristy Lu) working with Executive Director Quyen Vuong and Operations & Finance Manager MyHanh Dao at ICAN office in Milpitas

 

“Working with ICAN this summer has been a truly grounding and educational experience. Being able to collaborate with well-established professionals, I was able to gain technological knowledge while also learning about the nonprofit industry. Whether it be from working with the Board of Directors, staff, or even the program participants, I received a very hands-on experience and was able to work on projects that had positive outcomes on the Vietnamese community. I gained invaluable skills for a professional workplace and developed meaningful relationships with my coworkers. There are many aspects to this internship that I could not have experienced elsewhere, such as volunteering many hours with the Vietnamese community as well as working with an empowering and encouraging staff of Vietnamese women.” - Kristy Lu, Sophomore at UCSB

 

“Being a part of the ICAN family has provided me with experiences that I’ll never forget and will continue to carry on throughout my career. As a summer intern, I was able to practice skills that are directly applicable to my intended major. I learned how to work efficiently in a collaborative setting and was able to creatively contribute to ICAN’s mission. It has been an extremely fulfilling experience because I was able to play a role in impacting the Vietnamese community through directly interacting with families and raising awareness for ICAN’s humanitarian programs. Not only does ICAN aim towards bettering the external community around them, but ICAN also creates opportunities for their internal community made up of staff members, interns, and volunteers to really grow and thrive.” - Tammy Lam, Freshman at USF

 
  Interns (Kristy Lu and Tammy Lam) participating in an Early Childhood Education workshop at VACC)

Interns (Kristy Lu and Tammy Lam) participating in an Early Childhood Education workshop at VACC)


“During this internship, I was able to learn many useful tools that I wouldn’t have learned elsewhere at my grade level. In addition to helping organize paperwork and data, I helped out at the childcare center twice a week and worked with children in the different workshops. I was trained in Salesforce, specifically the nonprofit side of Salesforce, and applied my knowledge in helping ICAN with scrubbing salesforce. I also got training in a type of project management called Scrum which we used throughout the summer to ensure we met our deadlines for revamping the website. The internship definitely helped me become more assertive by learning to speak up and offer my help to the team. It gave me a taste of the work and responsibilities of life outside of high school. It showed me how every small task affects another person’s task and the importance of ensuring a smooth-running team to meet deadlines. Overall, I believe the ICAN internship was a great experience for me - teaching me new skills specific to ICAN and the real world.” - Thu (Gabby) Vu, Senior at Irvington High School