Internship Stories: Innovate@BU

By Dahlia Maleh (COM’21)

CCD: Tell us about your experience. What were your responsibilities?

My role as the External Relations Intern was to be the contact point to any external professional or organization. I would coordinate and plan the weekly office hours hosted by a variety of Boston professionals. Additionally, I helped develop a new mentorship program, planned Innovation Challenges for the fall, hosted panels and gave tours.

My favorite tour was with the MFA’s STEAM Team, a fellowship program for Boston students interested in art and STEM.

CCD: How did you get the opportunity? What resources at BU or elsewhere did you use?

I saw a posting on the Student Link for the position and I was so excited. Not only because I found it so easily but because it was a part of the BU community.

Innovate@BU is the University’s innovation initiative and is a wonderful resource for everyone at BU with an idea for a startup, venture, project or who just wants to learn more about innovation.

CCD: What was the best thing about the experience? What was the worst?

I loved planning events! We planned Alumni Weekend events in the summer and I was lucky to execute those plans in the fall.

I am also so fortunate for the staff at the BUild Lab. Everyone really made an effort to be a resource and support for me. Micaelah Morrill has become like a mentor and I am so lucky to have her and her wisdom.

CCD: What was the most memorable moment of your experience?

I had the wonderful opportunity to go to Verizon’s 56 Incubator Lab in Cambridge and meet with a director there. I learned about their incubator and all the startups working there. It was great to discuss our incubator and learn what a larger organization incubator is like.

CCD: What advice would you give to another student about making the most of an internship, job, or other career-related experience?

Ask questions! I knew very little about the innovation hub in Boston or much about startups. My boss, Micaelah Morrill, encouraged me to ask for clarifications and definitions.

I not only learned so much but it improved my own work because I understood more in depth about my field.

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