Intern Personals: MASHIYAT KARIM


Meet Mashiyat Karim! An Institutional Advancement Intern here at PENCIL, her position came about because she was a student in our PENCIL Internship Program as part of the Ladders for Leaders Program, in partnership with the NYC Department of Youth & Community. In addition to studying Hotel Administration and working at the Statler Hotel, she is also involved in a number of organizations on her college campus, including a national service fraternity and student magazine. Even with this busy schedule, she still finds some down time to travel, work out, and see friends. Thank you for sharing, Mashiyat!

Name: Mashiyat Karim
Year: College junior
School: School of Hotel Administration at Cornell University

Where was your last internship?
Last year, I got to intern at the New York Law School, where I learned new skills such as operating a circulation desk and creating labels. I also had the chance to talk to and receive advice from staff members.

What was your first day in the PENCIL office like?

On my first day here, I received a very warm welcome from all the staff and was introduced to my supervisors, my tasks for the summer, and my work space, so I felt very adjusted and ready to work. I attended a lot of meetings introducing me to events and programs I would be working on, which was a little overwhelming but very helpful and important.

What are your responsibilities in your internship this summer?

I will be assisting the team with planning for events, corporate research, mailings, and other tasks. I hope to bring my previous skills and experiences to contribute to the organization as well as develop new skills through the internship and gain more professional experience.

How have PENCIL’s training and your internships helped you think about future opportunities?

As a Ladders for Leaders participant for several years, I’m glad to be working for a place like PENCIL that helps make it happen and promotes youth advancement.

What are your thoughts on a future career?

In the future, I look forward to working in finance or business, and through Ladders for Leaders training and internships, I was able to receive first-hand experience on how to work in a professional environment and understand how companies operate.