Robin McKinney Externship at Micron

Micron TechnologyMy externship experience at the Micron Foundation has been a great learning experience! I had the amazing opportunity to work with the Micron Gives Communication and Project Manager, Rachael. From our first meeting, I knew that this was going to be a great opportunity. My main purpose while working with Micron was to create social media posts for Micron Gives. These posts were focused on portraying the three pillars that Micron focuses on, which include; creating a culture of giving, enhancing STEM education, and enriching communities that are linked to Micron. As someone who does not have a large social media presence, this task was challenging for me. Most of the writing that I had done in the past was academic in nature. Writing social media posts takes a different set of skills, one that connects informative facts to connections between large entities, individuals, and supported causes. The skills that I gained are ones that I can bring back to my students. I learned how to write copy for social posts and create or find photos/graphics for the posts. I created dozens of posts on a variety of topics. I also learned how to create a posting schedule. Through learning these skills, I can support my students by sharing my experience with them. Also, in August I was able to go to Boise to visit the Micron site. On my visit, I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take the Fab tour, which was very informative. The process was very interesting to watch, and the technology and innovation were amazing! I was also able to participate in informational interviews with a variety of Micron employees. I learned about the potential for my students at Micron and about the variety of programs that Micron employees have the opportunity to use. Coming away from my experience, both remote and onsite, I will be able to share with my students potential educational and workforce opportunities. This year I will be teaching English for grades 10-12, my goal is to connect the skills we are developing in English class to the potential career choices of the students. I will forever be grateful for the experience that I have had through my externship and the connections that I have made!