It was a bittersweet moment on December 30, the final day of the final week of Toronto Community Housing’s 2016 internship program. We had welcomed a group of 42 enthusiastic new professionals earlier in the fall, and within a mere eight weeks they had gained new skills and truly become part of the Toronto Community Housing team.
While they were here, the interns contributed to programs across the organization. To name a few examples, the Human Resources interns took part in recruitment initiatives, the Strategic Communications interns wrote articles and created reports, and the Resident and Community Services interns created policies and hosted events.
On Friday, December 23, Toronto Community Housing held a graduation ceremony where the interns were -awarded with a certificate for the completion of their Professional Learning and Development program with George Brown College. During the event Toronto Community Housing also recognized outstanding interns and managers with awards for their commitment and contribution towards the success of this program.
We asked our interns, their managers, and George Brown College instructors to share their thoughts on the program. Here’s what they said about their experiences.
The 2016 interns with their awards.
Interns: what was the most memorable part of your internship?
"Getting to work with such an experienced and knowledgeable team helped me grow as a professional and as a person."
"Being able to see how TCHC operates and gain a better understanding of the process that goes into their project. And of course getting to meet and be inspired by not only the eager interns but the TCHC staff as well. Such a great group of people!"
"So many memories to recall during the internship! Meeting the CEO, meeting the stakeholder relations team, being with the RCS team and helping residents with their events. These moments made me love TCHC's staff and helped me to understand the importance of community engagement and why our work is so powerful."
Intern Habon Abdi giving the valedictory speech at the graduation ceremony.
Managers: what is one piece of advice you would give your interns?
"Always look forward. Most importantly, always move forward."
"Continue being a sponge, learn and give it your best every day. It will pay off at the end!"
"Stay confident. Expect to make mistakes, but learn from every opportunity. And get as much exposure to different areas of business as possible."
Julio Rigores, Manager, Revitalization and Community Renewal with Resident and Community Services, giving a few words of wisdom to the interns.
George Brown College Instructors: what was your experience like working with interns?
"A dedicated group with great work ethic and ideas."
"Stellar! Dedicated, enthusiastic, professional, collegial, customer-service focused. True rock stars!
George Brown College instructors presenting the certificates