“Progressive and illuminating” is how Michael describes his experience with The Grid. Blogging from Nothinghamshire, England between January and June 2013 after finishing his MBA studies, it’s been a little over a year since Michael Jenkins said farewell to The Grid. Since then he has returned to his hometown of Oakland, California where he is a Business Taxes Representative for the State of California. Reflecting, he believes that “The Grid allowed the opportunity to locate issues in city planning and uncover true passion for public sector work.” Coming from a background outside of environmental design, Michael approached The Grid internship enthusiastically. “Architecture, urban design, and even sustainability were all foreign to me,” he recalls. “I began to see the world around me and ways to improve the city I was living in. I saw The Grid as more than an internship, it was a bestowed privilege, and a badge we held in each of our corners of the world.”
Michael recalls the way in which The Grid made him discover his surroundings and the excitement of writing his first blog post. “My most memorable moment of the internship would be the week I worked on my very first post. I remember working in a local teahouse in the dead of winter with snow everywhere. I came in with a very ‘novelist’ look. I broke down my whole article with really intense research. All my work was sprawled on the table. I was in there for hours, drinking great coffee and losing myself in what I found to be great fun. To this day, I want to go back that moment.” Most notably, his lasting impression is one that will never escape him. “I had a wonderful time with The Grid. My experience is one that people enjoy hearing in casual conversation, one that bridges me into a wide range of communities, one that coworkers and executives admire, and one that reminds me that changes can be made by our power of journalism.“ A lot of change has occurred for Michael in the past year and The Grid team and I look forward to learning what the next year brings.
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