August 30th – Queens Library President and CEO Dennis M. Walcott and Volunteer Services Director Scott J. McLeod recently honored Queens Library summer interns with a luncheon.
The high school and college students got their taste of the “real world” working in the Children’s Library Discovery Center, the Adult Learning Center and the Job and Business Academy, and the Programs and Services, Human Resources and Information Technology departments. President Walcott praised them for their professionalism and urged them to return next year.
“You blended in with everyone so well,” President Walcott told the interns. “That’s a true sign of performing at a high level.”
McLeod said he was very impressed with this year’s cohort of interns, calling them “fantastic,” and asked them to share what they’ve learned.
Kianaly Almonte, a senior at City College, said she wanted a job in JBA to learn how to better relate to people, something she said few in her future profession know how to do.
“Engineering students get knocked for their social skills, so I wanted to improve the way I communicate,” said Almonte.
Karon Thompson, a senior at City College, said he honed his grant writing and people skills while working with Library Outreach Director Kim McNeil Capers, who said he generated a lot of good ideas and initiatives.
“It’s been an awesome experience, so when I graduate, I’m looking forward to working with people like Kim,” he said.