Work Experience

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Research Assistant | Gies College of Business - University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | Part-time

Urbana-Champaign Area | Sep 2023 - December 2023 | 4 months | Hybrid


As a Research Assistant at the Gies College of Business, I am dedicated to advancing social sciences research, actively contributing to studies that explore diverse aspects of human interaction and behavior. My role involves literature review, empirical journal analysis, IRB approvals, and creating research materials using tools like Qualtrics.

Key Responsibilities:

Skill Development:

Research Impact:

In collaboration with a dynamic team, I actively contribute to both online and in-person research studies, utilizing advanced tools like Qualtrics and project management techniques. Our research delves into the nuanced impact of concerns about bias and physiological reactions within diverse group dynamics. This aligns with Gies' commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, allowing me to make meaningful strides in these essential areas of study.

Project Manager/Operations Intern | Ameren Innovation Center | Full-time

Urbana-Champaign Area | May 2023 - December 2023 | 7 months | On-site


In my role as a Scrum Master/Project Manager at the Ameren Innovation Center in Champaign, Illinois, I lead the Application Development Team and oversaw key projects. I focus on fostering agile methodologies and collaborative teamwork to empower my team to deliver high-quality results.

Key Initiatives:

- Bill Validation: Leading the development of an innovative solution for accurate billing of Ameren Missouri residential customers. Utilizing advanced data analysis and smart meter technology, we ensure reliable billing accuracy and customer satisfaction.

- "Spot" Dog Robotics: Managing an R&D project integrating robotics into our inspection processes. Training Ace, our four-legged companion, to enhance inspections, streamline processes, improve safety, and enhance operational efficiency.

Skills Utilized:

Software Project Management · Agile Methodologies · Jira · Scrum

Operations Intern:

In my role as a Full-time Operations Intern at Ameren, I synchronize my interests with project assignments while also managing operations at the Center. This includes overseeing community development initiatives locally and coordinating initiatives at Headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Actively engaging in team discussions, I contribute valuable insights and demonstrate leadership skills.

Skills Developed:

Community organization · Agile Methodologies · Leadership · Project Management · Jira

Impact and Reflection:

These experiences at Ameren have allowed me to further develop my skills, gain hands-on experience, and contribute to the success of various projects. I appreciate the opportunities to apply my expertise and collaborate within a dynamic work environment.

Barbara Seaquist Williams Fellow | University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign | Part-time

Urbana-Champaign Area | Nov 2022 - May 2023 | 7 months | On-site


As a Barbara Seaquist Williams Fellow at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, I am part of a prestigious paid internship honoring the legacy of Barbara Seaquist Williams—an alumna dedicated to volunteerism and community impact. This role aligns seamlessly with my passion for public service and community engagement.

Key Contributions:

Skills Developed:

Impact and Reflection:

This fellowship has not only enhanced my leadership, communication, and strategic thinking skills but has also deepened my commitment to community engagement on campus and beyond. Grateful for the opportunity to contribute to Barbara Seaquist Williams' inspiring dedication to volunteerism and community impact, I look forward to furthering her legacy.

Student Consultant on Advancing Digital Equity | Digital Promise | Seasonal

Washington, District of Columbia, United States | Apr 2022 - Sep 2022 | 6 months | Hybrid


As a Student Consultant on Advancing Digital Equity at Digital Promise, I played a pivotal role in the Digital Equity Education Roundtable (DEER) Initiative, a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Technology (OET) and Digital Promise. Focused on addressing challenges related to digital equity, my work aimed to increase access to technology for all learners.

Key Contributions:

- Provided a student perspective on barriers to digital equity, offering insights and solutions to bridge the digital divide.

- Actively participated in discussions and provided recommendations to advance digital equity in education.

- Featured in a promotional video for the DEER Initiative, contributing to awareness about equitable access to technology for all students.

Skills Developed:

- Government Relations

- Education

- Professional Networking

- Community Outreach

- Leadership

- Public Speaking

- Strategic Thinking

Impact and Experience:

Being part of this initiative allowed me to contribute to the national conversation on digital equity, advocating for the needs of students. Collaborating with industry leaders, I made a meaningful impact in advancing digital equity in education.

Violin Instructor | Freelance

Bolingbrook, Illinois, United States | May 2021 - Sep 2022 | 1 year 5 months


As a freelance Violin Instructor, I passionately shared my knowledge and love for the violin with students. I specialized in tailoring instruction to meet individual needs and crafting personalized lesson plans to facilitate each student's musical development.

Key Responsibilities:

Skills Emphasized:


As a violin instructor, I successfully combined my passion for music with leadership and communication skills. Witnessing students' growth and progress in their musical abilities even beyond my instruction was a deeply rewarding experience.

Community Development Liaison | Maine Township High School District 207 | Internship

Des Plaines, Illinois, United States | Jul 2021 - Aug 2022 | 1 year 2 months


During my internship as a Community Development Liaison at Maine Township High School District 207, I cultivated partnerships with esteemed organizations such as Abbott Molecular Facilities, Clean Up Give Back, the Des Plaines Public Library, the Des Plaines Food Pantry, Digital Promise, and more. These collaborations were pivotal in advancing community development initiatives and positively impacting the lives of local residents.

Key Contributions:

Learning and Skill Development:



These partnerships expanded the reach and impact of our community development efforts at both the school and district levels, providing meaningful learning experiences and contributing to positive change. The internship was a rewarding experience, and I am proud of the lasting impact achieved through collaborative efforts.

Operations Intern | SPEAK Des Plaines | Internship

Des Plaines, Illinois, United States | Jun 2021 - Aug 2022 | 1 year 3 months


In my role as an Operations Intern at SPEAK Des Plaines, I collaborated closely with local leaders and officials to enhance operational efficiency and contribute to the organization's mission. From facilitating meetings to fostering community engagement, I played a pivotal role in various initiatives that strengthened relationships within the community.

Key Achievements:

Community Engagement:

Actively connected with the community by sharing information about local government, politics, and events, ensuring residents remained informed and involved.

Skills Developed:

Experience Impact:

My tenure at SPEAK Des Plaines equipped me with valuable skills in event planning, networking, community partnership development, and more. I take pride in contributing to the organization's success and am eager to apply these skills in future endeavors.

Sales Representative | Paramount Lead Solutions | Part-time

Des Plaines, Illinois, United States | Jun 2019 - Aug 2019 | 3 months


As a Sales Representative at Paramount Lead Solutions, I excelled in fostering collaboration, honed superior communication skills, and consistently provided exceptional customer service. My role involved coordinating appointments with prominent car dealerships, negotiating favorable deals, and maintaining a professional and personable demeanor.

Key Achievements:


Skills Developed:

Experience Impact:

My tenure at Paramount Lead Solutions provided valuable insights into the sales industry, enhancing my understanding of customer needs and fostering the ability to build strong relationships. I take pride in my contributions to the team and the positive impact on the company's success.