Covering big city politics, analyzing enterprise level data and diving into philanthropic community support are just some of the projects Spectrum Scholars college students Shaun Anderson, Mariel Segovia and Valentina Solci will work on while interning at Charter Communications this summer.
Launched in May 2020, the two-year Spectrum Scholars program offers scholarships for eligible rising juniors with financial need. Working with several nonprofits, Charter selected 20 students who each were awarded $20,000 to be used over the course of their junior and senior years. They also are paired with a mentor, have the opportunity for an internship and ultimately the potential for full-time employment with Charter, post-graduation.
“This program is a wonderful investment in the development of our future workforce and furthers our commitment to invest back into the diverse communities we serve,” said Rhonda Crichlow, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer, for Charter Communications. “We look forward to engaging with these college students and introducing them to the many different career opportunities within our company.”
A Stepping Stone to a Meaningful Career
Anderson - one of the inaugural Spectrum Scholars interns - works as a Quality Analyst for Spectrum Enterprise in Charlotte, N.C., responsible for supporting the Quality Assurance team with data analytics and interaction reviews to ensure top-notch delivery of service.
“The Spectrum Scholars program has been an amazing opportunity for me to meet professionals in my field at Spectrum and to gain some invaluable insight into the company,” said Anderson, who is attending Tennessee State University as a marketing major. “This internship will help me reach my goals of working in a corporate organization in the field of marketing. It will give me the much-needed work experience to be able to solidify a full-time job offer or attend graduate school upon graduation.”
Spectrum Scholars Get a ‘Leg-In’ to the Telecom Industry
The program is designed to provide exposure to a career that matches the academic and personal interests of each intern to help them gain skills that will make them more valuable as future employees. What’s more, they will have the opportunity to develop strong teamwork skills, balanced with the ability to work independently.
Perhaps most importantly, these interns will have a chance to “test-drive” their chosen careers, to see if the actual work matches their expectations.
“I'm very excited to meet new people in this area of expertise and learn about the ways that I can contribute to helping communities through Spectrum's community impact initiatives,” said Segovia, a cybersecurity and networks major at the University of New Haven and interning with Charter’s Community Impact team. “I think this internship will expose me to a different environment. I have been working in a nonprofit organization for a few years now but I think the experience and exposure of working for a Fortune 100 company on community impact projects will be different and valuable.”
An Investment in the Future of Each Scholar
One of the biggest advantages for these interns is the real-world experience they gain from working in a corporate environment while still in school, thus enabling them to strengthen their budding resumes before entering the workforce. These interns are now stronger candidates because they have worked in a corporate environment and are familiar with corporate culture.
Solci, who attends The New School and is interning with Spectrum Networks NY1 Digital, based in New York City, will assist with research, editing, pitch and write articles and shadow reporters - all on-the-job experience that will help build her skills and portfolio. “This internship is truly a dream come true for me, and a huge stepping stone for my career as a journalist/reporter. I am immensely grateful that, despite the ongoing pandemic, I was able to apply and be selected for such a prestigious NYC based journalism internship.”
To learn more about the inaugural, 2020 class of Spectrum Scholars, click here.