Internships Provide Foundation for Advanced Study, Career in Information Technology.
Antoinette is currently studying for a Ph.D. in computer science at Bowie State University in Maryland, expecting to graduate in May 2015. She earned an M.S. in management information systems (also from Bowie State), and a B.S. in information systems from the University of Maryland. Antoinette aspires to become a systems business analyst or project manager in the information technology (IT) industry. She took a large step toward that goal completing two professional internships.
She interned for two summers — 2008 and ‘09 — in McLean, Virginia, with Booze Allen Hamilton, a global management and technology consulting firm based in Washington, D.C. Working in the IT department, she wrote for the company newsletter, developed presentations, wrote standard operating procedures (SOP) and analyzed survey data. The experience was made possible through the National Business & Disability Council at The Viscardi Center’s Emerging Leaders Summer Internship Program for College Students with Disabilities. This highly competitive program places top undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in summer internships nationwide.
“Through the Emerging Leaders Program, I was exposed to the business world and business culture. I learned and developed skills I need to be a successful professional in any field of study,” noted Antoinette. “Being a part of the Emerging Leaders Program helped me to understand that it’s alright to have a disability. Having a disability does not define who you are or is it a measure of your intelligence.”
In her spare time, Antoinette enjoys reading fiction and professional publications, as well as cooking and singing.