Name: Julian Lepeska-True
Class Year: 2021
Major: Linguistics (minor in Math)
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
Internship Organization: The Trauma Center at JRI: Trauma Sensitive Yoga
Job Title: Summer Intern
Location: Brookline, Mass. (remote)
What’s happening at your internship?
At my internship, we are revamping a messaging app for a community of therapists, educators, and facilitators of yoga as a means of healing trauma. This app will make it possible for these educators to connect worldwide safely and securely. We created an app that we host ourselves so that all of the information can be completely secure.
Why did you apply for this internship?
I applied for this internship because this community helps a lot of people and I get to help the community by building a site that works better for them. I also gained a lot of coding experience and did a lot of learning on the job. It has been challenging, exciting, and rewarding.
Working remotely for the first time? What has that experience been like for you?
Not only have I been working remotely, but I have been working largely on my own. I am not sure if other interns have experienced the same thing, but I have not had a job where I had to control my own schedule and work a certain number of hours each day with no supervisor. This summer has taught me a lot about self-discipline and about how I work alone versus with others. The meetings I did get to have with the team I worked with were that much more important because they weren’t every day.
What is most rewarding about your internship?
It has been really rewarding to see how this site has helped and will help the community. Because this organization and this team extends throughout the world, it is so important for them to have a safe place to share information with each other. Seeing how the app can directly benefit this community has been a powerful and rewarding process.
Visit the Summer 2020 Internships page to read more student stories.