A special energy filled Comcast this summer, as we welcomed more than 400 talented college students into our internship program. These students are immersed into working life at Comcast in almost every conceivable way – from filling challenging roles in departments across our organization, to gaining exposure to our senior leadership, to honing their networking and leadership skills. In addition, our program not only helps these students develop professionally – it also gives them insight into our company’s culture of giving back by hosting their own version of Comcast Cares Day, our company’s annual celebration of our year-round commitment to service.

Interns and co-ops based in the Philadelphia area planned, executed and documented their own community service project from start to finish. Watch the video below produced and edited by Michelle Saul-Yamasaki, an intern with our video production team, and read more about this year’s effort from the viewpoint of from Kelsey Boyd, a Comcast Business intern who was part of the planning committee for the project. Both are seniors at Temple University in Philadelphia.

From Kelsey Boyd, Comcast Business Intern 

"As a marketing intern for Comcast Business, I would never have thought I would be able to get involved in efforts outside of business services during my summer internship. But this summer I had the opportunity to plan a volunteer project for the Comcast intern and co-op community, and it has given me the chance to see a different side of the company.

"After a month of planning logistics, communications, and marketing efforts as part of an eight-person intern planning committee, Comcast Cares Day for Interns finally arrived on July 24th. That afternoon, more than 60 Comcast interns and co-ops boarded a bus to head over to the SHARE Food Program in North Philadelphia. SHARE is a nonprofit organization serving a network of regional community organizations engaged in food distribution, education, and advocacy. We packaged boxes of food, processed orders for SHARE distribution partners, painted the warehouse, and harvested fresh produce from the on-site garden, donating about 195 service hours to the organization.

"I got a chance to talk with director of SHARE, Steveanna Wynn, while she gave me a tour of the huge warehouse. One of the main things she shared with me that stood out was that she appreciates all of the help from young volunteers because it gives her hope for the future that people will continue to volunteer with the program. Without large groups like ours and daily volunteers, Steveanna and her staff of only eight employees would not be able to harvest enough produce and package enough goods to serve the 500 food cupboards in Philadelphia that they contribute to, or execute their Nice Roots Farm program, which serves people in Philadelphia, New Jersey, parts of New York, and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

"As an intern for a large business like Comcast, I think it is very important for us to immerse ourselves in the company’s values and be able to make a difference in the communities we serve. The interns and co-ops have such a great opportunity within Comcast, and it is commendable that so many of us recognize the importance of working together to make change happen."