These past few weeks of the TI Fellowship have encompassed everything I could have wanted during the summer – a great internship/ opportunities for professional development, opportunities to further my Jewish identity, an exciting city to explore, and a killer group of new friends to explore with.
During the week, I intern in the information technology department of Monogram Foods, where I get hands-on experience learning about information systems that are vital to a growing company. Additionally, this past week we enjoyed an etiquette lunch and c resume workshop at Rhodes College. On Friday evening, we ventured to the brand new Crosstown Concourse for Shabbat with the Connect TI program. We got to see the space from which the Jewish young professionals of Memphis help better the city. Last week we enjoyed Shabbat and each other’s company from the fourth floor of the MCA dorms, where we told stories about the highs and lows of week. Experiences like these coupled with run-ins with strangers, which turn into fun games of Jewish Geography, really make me feel welcomed into the Jewish community in Memphis. It’s a feeling I only want more of.
In terms of exploring Memphis, I, along with my new friends (hard to believe we have only known each other for 3 weeks, feels more like 3 years), have definitely taken advantage of what the city has to offer. We have explored main street downtown, danced to blues music, enjoyed Jerry’s Sno Cones, bonded at levitt shell, strolled through Overton Park, relaxed at the JCC pool, and even ventured outside Memphis for a hot second when walking to Arkansas on the Big River Crossing. And that was just in the past week.
Here’s to 4 more!
This past week has been full of exploring a different side of Memphis. It started with an etiquette lunch on Friday, where we learned the proper way to eat and behave during a business meal. Later that night we ventured to a up-and-coming area of Memphis called Crosstown for Shabbat with other young Jews in Memphis. After some good food and schmoozing, a group of us decided to explore downtown in search of some good Memphis blues. We stumbled on a small joint called the Center for Southern Folklore and decided to give it a try. The owner there was a sweet Jewish lady who gave us a whole tour of the facilities which included some really interesting history on Jews in the south. We stayed and listened to an incredible blues band and danced the night away.
The past few days we have started to check out the trivia scene in Memphis to see yet another side of the city. A handful of fellows went to Huey’s which has trivia every week. Although we were awful, we had a great time playing and ate some good food while doing it.
At work I have been starting to pick up a lot more meaningful tasks that truly help the company out rather than typical intern work. This upcoming week I will be leading a project of my own which will be creating an experimental procedure which will be used with clients in the future. I am loving getting real experience in the field of science and working with many leaders in the field. I believe it is truly giving me a leg up on my peers.
It’s crazy to think that we’re almost halfway through with our time here, but I can’t wait to see what’s in store for us the second half of the summer!