Equipping the Next Generation of STEM Leaders with Real-world Career Experience

Intelsat celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of its graduating Genesys Program interns

Imagine gaining real-world career experience.

The opportunity could help you make more money after graduating from college and the relationships you make could help you land your dream job.

That’s the goal of Genesys Works, a non-profit that provides students in underserved communities with an opportunity to succeed in a professional work environment, while still in high school.

Intelsat has been a proud program participant for four years. In that time, the Intelsat IT department has hosted and graduated four sets of interns from the Genesys program.

This year not only did our young professionals gain on-the-job training, they did so during a global pandemic. Learning alongside their seasoned colleagues how to transfer an in-person work experience to a remote landscape.

IT manager, Kevin Williams says they did so with ease.

“Our team of young professionals are remotely assisting the helpdesk from their homes. They were able to attend school via distance learning and still work remotely with answering phones and working on customer support issues using our remote connection tools. We communicate through group chat daily about work-load and resolving issues,” said Kevin.

Genesys Works CEO, David Williams says students were quick to acclimate to the new environment.

“I don’t think any amount of summer training would’ve prepared you for what you encountered this year, but you pivoted and accomplished some amazing things,” David said during this year’s Genesys Works commencement ceremony.

Intelsat’s young professionals for 2020 work in the company’s administrative headquarters in McLean, Va.

Gameli Ben Fenuku graduated from Mount Vernon High in Alexandria, Va. He plans to attend Northern Virginia (NOVA) Community College majoring in computer science.

Mariella Margarita Pique Ilagan graduated from West Potomac High in Alexandria, Va. She plans to attend George Mason University, majoring in computer science.

Aloundeth Khamvongsa is a graduate of Justice High School in Falls Church, Va. He plans to attend George Mason University and major in filmmaking.

Mariella thanked Kevin, her Intelsat supervisor, for his support during her tenure.

“Thank you for giving me a platform to grow at Intelsat and to encourage and trust me with assignments. This has helped me feel I’m part of the company as well as help me grow in my knowledge in the IT field,” she said.

Kevin says it has been a wonderful experience.

“It’s just been a pleasure working with these young professionals. They have learned so much and come so far in such a short time. I am so proud of them, and proud that Intelsat is a part of a program that shapes their future and gives them a real advantage in life,” said Kevin.

The Genesys Works program runs from August to August for the length of one year. The current interns will continue to work with Intelsat through the end of August of this year before embarking upon their college careers.

To learn more about the Genesys Works program, visit https://genesysworks.org/about-us/.

To learn more about Intelsat’s commitment to developing the next generation of STEM professionals, read our most recent Corporate Social Responsibility report.