PENCIL Fellows Orientation: “We were all born with greatness, and a purpose to fulfill”
Last week, Citigroup, Inc. made an important investment, and we don’t just mean the work that the financial services leader does in retail banking or transaction services.
No, last week Citigroup invested in our future when it hosted the 2012 PENCIL Fellows Orientation. There, nearly 100 high-achieving high school juniors and seniors began their career development program, and participated in seminars on how to dress for success, office technology, and corporate and communications etiquette.
Ruth Perez, a former PENCIL Fellow from the 2010 and 2011 classes, spoke to this year’s class, saying “it’s what you make of this internship that counts. It’s not just a job, or something to put on your résumé, but the opportunity for you to showcase who you are and what you can do. So many times students from public schools are overlooked, and you are a group of select few that can prove the statistics and stereotypes are wrong. You can help create a new path for the generation to come.”
The Fellows also heard from PENCIL Board Member Stephen J. Meringoff, Chairman, Meringoff Properties, Inc. Meringoff founded the PENCIL Fellows Program in 2008, and, at the event, told students to say to themselves “I have the opportunity of a lifetime: I’m a PENCIL Fellow’” and to “grab this opportunity and make the most of it.”
This summer’s PENCIL Fellows will be working at JetBlue Airways, Aureole New York, Skidmore, Owings, & Merill, AlliedTPro, HBO, and other leading firms throughout New York City. We’ll be checking in with several of them throughout the summer to find out about the work that they’re doing, what they’re learning, and how the PENCIL Fellows program is changing them, so stay tuned…