Three things to help you make the most of your internship

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I started at IBM on May 3. Four weeks and 160 hours later, I’d like to share with you what I learned so far while it’s still fresh in my mind.

Why? Well, when it comes to compounding, it’s the work you put in at the beginning that’ll be the foundation on which you build your future successes.

Of course, this is assuming you’re already working in an internship (another article in a few weeks will be on how to get one). However, these lessons are broadly applicable to starting out in a new role or the world of work.

Written in Collaboration with Naila Moloo, Kristina Arezina, and Sophia Moloo


The climate crisis is not fresh news. It’s been happening for years now, but is nearing the point of being irreversible. When examining the causes of a calamity like this it’s safe to say that there are more than one, but carbon dioxide emissions are certainly a large contributor, especially as they are caused by human activity. Carbon dioxide is a gas that we breathe out, but when fossil fuels like oil and coal are burned, and pursuits like deforestation occur, there results in an excess amount in the atmosphere. In 2019 CO2 made up 80% of US greenhouse gas…

Humans are social creatures, it’s what makes us unique and allowed us to take over the world (read my article on Yuval Harari’s book Sapiens here). Effective collaboration requires effective communication, whether in professional relationships at work or personal relationships at home.

However, for roughly 10% of the general population, or 32 000 000 people in the US alone, recognizing and describing their emotions or others’ is a near-impossible task.

The most commonly and casually cited study on the relative importance of verbal and nonverbal messages in personal communication is one by Prof. Albert Mehrabian of UCLA. In the 1970s…

35.5 million tonnes of food wasted while 4.4 million people are dealing with food insecurity.

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This article is based off research that was done during Impact Canada’s Food Waste Reduction Challenge. I led an all-star team: Kristina, Naila, Laura, Kimberly, Jessica, and Sophia! You can check out all our research and our solution to reduce food waste here.

We were all raised in Canada, being surrounded by restaurants and stocked grocery stores with beautifully organized shelves filled with all types of food throughout the year.

Many of our friends in Canada work in restaurants, hospitals, grocery stores, and retirement homes. …

What I learned from two months of practising this mindset, why you should implement it in your life, and how to do it.

Roman Emperor & Stoic Marcus Aurelius (Photo: U-M Library Digital Collections)

Do you ever feel panicked under pressure? What about during this pandemic — have you felt adrift or a sense of helplessness at your situation? For you students, not knowing if schools will be open in-person or if you will get into university are both examples of the current situation that very few people in our generation have experienced before. For adults, the worry is more real; “will I still have a job and be able to put food on the table?”

Stoicism is experiencing a revival nowadays due to the pandemic. Notable media, such as this news article by…

With artificial intelligence and its applications growing at an ever-increasing rate, let’s explore what this means for key industries as we approach 2040.

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It’s 2016.

Experts say it would be at least ten more years until AI could beat a world-class human player at Go. This ancient game has 10¹⁷⁰ possible combinations, more than the number of atoms in the known universe and is a googol — the digit 1 followed by a hundred zeros — times more complex than chess.

On March 9 of that year, history was made when AlphaGo, a computer program from the company DeepMind, beat…

This simple mindset transformed how I approach each day.

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Happiness. Health. Fulfilment. Love.

Take a second to think about what true success means to you.

Okay, what if I told you that to achieve unimaginable success you only had to improve by 1% each day — crazy right?

You might be thinking “no way, that’s too easy — anyone can do that!”

Now here comes the good part, consistent 1% improvement per day is 37.7x growth a year!

Read on for why this mindset is used by top-performers, how it’s transformed the way I approach each day, and how you can implement it in your life.

Sapiens is arguably in a category of its own. Packed with an incredible amount of knowledge, it’s surprising how fast the pages keep turning. It’s not fiction, but it reads like one. In an age that throws so much information around, Sapiens offers a brief history of humankind.

Wow. That’s a lot for one book to live up to. Now here comes the good part: Yuval Harari’s work is adored by millions, including people like President Barack Obama and Bill Gates. So, read on for some of my favourite takeaways from Sapiens.

“You’ll have a hard time putting it down.”…

Devinder Sarai

Learning new things and writing about them. Passionate about how AI can be applied to some of the world’s biggest problems. Developer Intern @ IBM.

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