Intern Spotlight: Anjali Jacob
One of our pleasures at Learning Life is discovering the talents of the people who volunteer and intern with us. This past summer, we happily discovered the artistic talents of one of our interns, Anjali Jacob.
Anjali is currently in her sophomore year as a psychology major at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. An honor roll student and National Honor Society member as a student at Chantilly High School in Chantilly, Virginia, Anjali was awarded a Presidential Scholarship to attend Marymount.
Given a keen interest in the arts and letters, Anjali writes both poetry and prose, blogs on current events and social issues, does photography, sings, and plays guitar and piano (the latter for 12 years now). In 2011-12, in her high school senior year, Anjali became art editor and manager for her high school’s literary magazine in the 2011-12 academic year. That same year, the magazine won a Columbia Scholastic Press Association award and first place in the magazine division for the Virginia High School League’s annual publication awards.
Anjali started her internship with Learning Life by gathering university contacts, and researching and writing up facts for website and social media distribution. But we soon discovered Anjali’s artistic talents when she used Photoshop to begin producing art work to accompany some of the facts we distribute – the combination of which our interns called “instafacts.” By the end of her internship in August, Anjali had produced 24 instafacts, one of which we display here with her profile. We used her material to launch a page on Pinterest, which you can access here to view all of Anjali’s art work.
Anjali also produced remarkably professional draft t-shirt and napkin designs for funding projects Learning Life is pursuing. As we told Anjali, she has a promising future in design if she wants it.
However, Anjali is keen on going to graduate school after college in order to become a licensed therapist. She aspires to help children suffering from mental and emotional disorders, and has accordingly worked in summer and after-school programs to help children in need.
Asked why she chose to intern with Learning Life, Anjali replies, “I was looking for something that had a platform I could believe in, one that I felt was worth putting time and energy into. After some research, I found that Learning Life seeks to empower people through incidental learning, which is something I believed I could definitely contribute to through visuals and graphics. I’ve always felt that ignorance is much too great a problem amongst both youth and elders today; taking this internship meant that I could actually attempt to do something about it.”
We at Learning Life greatly appreciate Anjali’s distinctive contributions to our organization and wish her the very best in her future. Thanks, Anjali!
To learn more about interning or volunteering with Learning Life and other ways you can help, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.