DCCAH’s Media Arts Camp through the Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program has gotten off to a great start! We’ll be spotlighting stories on each of our youth as they share their experiences at various media arts outlets throughout DC.
First, we hear from Demetrius Simms, a current intern at BET.
Three years ago, I began working as a summer youth employee and by luck, my first job assignment was to work at the DC Commission on the Arts [and Humanities]. Back then, I knew little about office work and while I had an idea of what it meant to be busy, I fully understood the term for each summer I worked the Commission. Given tasks to help with filing, run errands, answer phones, and assist coworkers, I realized more and more how the professional skills I learned inside the office could be utilized to help me in the future. I used to be tired of working that way on a daily basis but like i said I was not fully looking at the big picture.
Now, I feel as though I am existing in the big picture I should have imagined for myself back then. I am entering my sophomore year of college at Delaware State University and the experience at school has helped me understand all the more how important it is to be a professional yet show personality in everything that I do. Some students, had no clue how to used copy machines or how to dress appropriately to their jobs, but I on the other hand had learned about those few specifics among other things by working at the Commission and working as a Summer Youth Employee.
Now I intern in the interactive department at BET Networks working with BET.com on the lifestyle section. Thanks to the help of the DC Commission on the Arts [and Humanities] as well as my resume, I have been selected to work with other on a specific topic and help others find an interest in it as well. I will be writing about men’s fashion and style but I also hope to write other pieces as well pertaining to us humans opposed to artificial things. I feel like I have come a long way from the person I used to be professionally and individually. I hope to move forward in my life building lasting connections with others and through hard work.