Fabiola, Summer Intern
Meet Fabiola, a 10th-grader at Fremont. Fabiola learned about Tech Exchange after receiving a computer and hotspot through the #OaklandUndivided campaign and then again while attending a summer internship fair. She joined our team this summer as Tech Hub intern, where she was able to apply her interest in fixing computers and build upon her technical skills. Check out our blog to learn more about her experience.
What have you enjoyed most about working with Tech Exchange?
Honestly since we were in the pandemic I did not socialize a lot with people, at Tech Exchange it is a fast paced environment so I was able to talk to a lot of families and fellow school peers to help them with tech support. Given the circumstances of the pandemic this helped me get outside the house and meet new people which was very satisfying.
In what ways did you feel supported by staff at Tech Exchange?
If I need anything, the staff at Tech Exchange gave me a proper answer. If I did not know something they were more willing to help out which was really helpful and I felt supported.
What have you learned from working at Tech Exchange?
I have learned a lot of technical skills, I learned safety protocols while working with computers which is really important. I learned how to image a computer, install software into computers, and learned the hardware components of a computer.
What were the most important skills you gained at Tech Exchange?
I learned how to keep my stuff organized, being mindful of what goes where and what is safe and what isn't. I also learned how to interact with families and fellow student-peers more efficiently.
What is a favorite memory you’d like to share about working at Tech Exchange?
There wasn't a specific favorite memory of working with Tech Exchange, I enjoyed coming in every shift and looking forward to what we were going to do that day. I enjoyed being with the staff and learning new skills.
How has Tech Exchange helped prepare you for your next step?
It gave me hands-on experience, now if my family or friends need help they can come to me for tech support. If I go further in the tech field I know this experience will be very helpful.
What advice would you give to someone considering an internship with Tech Exchange?
I would suggest for someone considering an internship with Tech Exchange to ask questions if you do not know something. Staff will help you out.