John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars Intern: Tanaja Cole

John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars Intern: Tanaja Cole

Tanaja Graham Cole is a rising senior at Excel High school in South Boston. This summer, she received an internship from the John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars program in collaboration with the Urban Scholars Program, an association that she’s been a part of since her freshman year of high school.

Currently, Tanaja is working as an office assistant in the Urban Scholars office where she assists Stephanie Hicks-Williams, the Urban Scholars office coordinator, with duties that include: organizing documents, maintaining the office, and preparing for events like the USCAR ceremony.

Tanaja is really enjoying her experience as an office assistant and is grateful for being able to gain some experience in a field she is very passionate about. She states, “This job has made me interested in how people think and what they perceive in certain situations. Something involving social sciences interests me.”

When I asked her about continuing this career path, she told me “This job for me is now another option that I have as a career. Even though I do like the social sciences, I still don’t have a 100% clear career field path yet.”

Tanaja also attends workshop at the Boston University Agganis Arena as part of the John Hancock MLK Summer Scholars curriculum. She describes the activities as intriguing and further states, “The MLK workshops taught me useful information that is relevant to my life. It was a really good experience and my time there was well spent”

When the internship ends, Tanaja will be finishing up her last year of high school which will initiate the next steps towards her bright future.