My name is Erika Hall. Interning with the Morehouse College Entrepreneurship Center under the Department of Defense (DoD) Mentor Protege Program was an amazing and rewarding experience. As the program focuses on providing its interns with the skill-sets needed to be career ready, it also provides in-depth knowledge of the dynamic operations of the Department of Defense and Federal Intelligence community. Through multiple projects, I honed my ability to be team-oriented while conducting market research, designing effective and audience-friendly PowerPoint presentations and company branding tactics. Serving under the supervision of two prominent retired IBM executives, I received executive level feedback on the work I completed, which has improved my performance. I also gained expert knowledge on making strategic organizational decisions.
As Summer 2014 marked the beginning of the MINT (Mentor- Protege Intern) Program, myself and the five other pilot interns aided in the process of pitching the program to mentor and protege companies. Thus, along with my assigned protege projects, I was afforded the experience of presenting in front of chief executives. Through this experience, I not only perfected my presentation skills but I had the opportunity to network with top executives at successful companies and learned to interact and engage with individuals on all levels. As a MINT alumna, I am qualified to be more than an entry-level worker and have acquired the skills to provide incremental value to organizations.