For the past 4 months, 10 students from NC Central University have been interning in Capitol Broadcasting divisions through the inaugural Emerging Leaders Program. A partnership between CBC and Leadership Triangle, the program combines hands on learning in departments aligned to their interests along with workshops led by LT coaches. The program will culminate with a graduation ceremony on December 16. In the final weeks leading up to that conclusion, Capcom will profile the individual outstanding students.
Anthony Robinson is interning with Microspace Communications in the Engineering department. Robinson is a junior at NC Central, pursuing a major in Computer Science.
MCC System Administrator Eric Sconiers works with Robinson on a daily basis, during the 20 hours he spends at CBC’s satellite division each week.
“This being my first time ever being a manager of an intern I must say that it has been delightful,” said of his experience with Robinson. “Anthony has proven to be an eager learner and dedicated to doing what is needed to get the job done. Everything that I or our team has asked of him he did without hesitation. I only hope that I have been as much an influence on him as he has for me.”
The experience has been beneficial for Robinson in more ways than he imagined going into it.
“I initially applied to the CBC/leadership Triangle Emerging Leaders program to explore opportunities that coincide with my major in Computer Science,” said Robinson. “But I found that it provided more knowledge for me than just that.”
Sconiers embraced the opportunity to share his knowledge.
“I started with the basics of networking and general IT information. What is an IP address? How do you ping another device and how to troubleshoot issues in networking along with PC diagnostics,” he said. “We also discussed life issues such as how to interact with others on a professional level and how to navigate looking for jobs using social media as a tool.”
He is impressed with the progress he has seen from Robinson during the program.
“I have known Anthony for some time, and I have seen the growth in him as far as his being his own advocate,” said Sconiers. “He typically is an introvert, but I have noticed how he expresses himself more and more and is not afraid to ask questions. I can see that he wants to perform every task given efficiently and properly. I see great things in his future.”
When speaking of his own experience of his time at Microspace, Robinson echoes experiencing the personal growth that Sconiers has seen in him.
“Through the Triangle Emerging Leaders Program, I have come out of my shell so to speak,” said Robinson. “I must say that my ability to speak out more in social situations has gotten stronger. I was able to identify my strengths and weaknesses and improve more and more after each of the sessions. Networking with others and truly understanding how to take steps to become a leader has enabled me to stand a little taller and look a little further in my future with confidence.”
Robinson learned both from his time at Microspace and through the various workshops with Leadership Triangle along the way.
“I would definitely recommend this program to others because you gain understanding, not just about what you may be pursuing in school but also about how to become a greater version of yourself and reach a high potential,” he said. “You also meet a lot of people that can give a lot of insight on what you may be pursuing. Overall, the Leadership Triangle organization has been a great experience and well worth it!”
Stay tuned to Capcom for profiles of all 10 CBC Emerging Leaders…
Thanks to MCC’s Eric Sconiers & Emerging Leaders Intern Anthony Robinson for these Capcom photos.