Meet Kana Turley
A former communications intern with Intern Delaware speaks about her transition from summer intern to full-time employee with founding corporate partner CSC.
In the wake of COVID-19, Kana Turley, a junior at Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia, struggled to find a summer internship. After a series of canceled internships, the political communication major discovered Intern Delaware, a new nonprofit in her home state looking for a virtual summer intern. Intrigued by Intern Delaware’s mission, and by nonprofits in general, Kana decided to apply, not knowing exactly what to expect.
Her Intern Delaware experience turned out to be better than she could have imagined. By assisting with the nonprofit’s communications, leading its social media marketing, and participating in its virtual signature events, Kana learned more about Delaware than ever before. She found that the state’s dynamic business ecosystem fosters connections across industries, rapid career advancement, and mentorship from leaders in all fields. Above all, Kana learned that the First State is an ideal location to start a career for any young professional.
Six months after joining the nonprofit, new graduate Kana accepted a full-time business licensing position at CSC, one of Intern Delaware’s founding corporate partners. We asked Kana more about her transition from summer intern to full-time member of the First State’s workforce.
What is your new, full-time role?
I’m currently training as a customer service associate for CSC’s Business Licensing department.
What made you want to work at CSC?
CSC is known for its productivity and thriving corporate culture. CSC leaders Scott Malfitano and Catrina Jefferson, who are also Intern Delaware board members, were fantastic mentors during my internship. They both have a passion for community and state development. If CSC played a role in developing their passion, then I knew I wanted to be a part of CSC.
How did your summer internship with Intern Delaware prepare you for your full-time position?
I developed the confidence to take initiative and lead projects. I sharpened my eye for detail and recognized the importance of aiming for the best possible result. And, I’ve formed relationships with other young professionals like Caroline Letner, Intern Delaware’s program coordinator. She’s a fantastic model of passion and work ethic. My internship has given me with the skills and confidence to tackle my full-time work with a positive attitude and a desire to learn.