Elias Nieves Cuevas Gonzalez

Intern name: Elias Nieves Cuevas Gonzalez

Major(s)/Minor(s): Political Science major and Exercise Science Sport Studies minor 

Title/place of internship/fellowship, etc.: Lead Intern at the Taste of Immokalee 

How did you find out about your internship/fellowship/etc.? When I first learned about Taste Of Immokalee I was a freshman in high school. My older brother was actually part of the original group of students that helped create this student created business that is run and operated by students. Once I heard that they were looking for college interns I quickly jumped onto the opportunity.

What were your responsibilities at your internship/fellowship/etc.? While being a college intern with Taste Of Immokalee I assisted in making sure Taste Of Immokalee was in compliance with all government regulations that were related to the student created business. In addition to helping with compliance I was also assigned to department leader of a group of high school interns and assisted them with their communication skills.

What was the most beneficial aspect of your experience? The most beneficial aspect of my internship this summer was learning how to adapt. We all had different ideas of how our summer internships were going to look and no one could have known that we would have been working remotely.

What was the most surprising thing you experienced or learned during your internship/fellowship/etc.? What was very surprising was how productive one could be by working remotely. I thought that my internship would have been disorganized and confusing because of all the questions that I had and that no one had answers to. As a result of all the hard work, Taste Of Immokalee was able to help with COVID-19 relief by allocating funds to organizations around Immokalee Florida to distribute food.

How can you apply what you experienced at your internship/fellowship/etc. in the future? I could apply my experience at my internship in any future career that I select in going to because I learned how to be flexible and adapt to situations that were not planned. If something does not goes as planned you could always find a way to work with what you have and make the best experience out of it.

What advice would you offer to future students interested in this experience? APPLY AND REACH OUT! Taste Of Immokalee is always looking for those people who have aspirations of giving part and making a impact in our community.