In just over a week I'll be starting a two-month internship at +MaRS Discovery District
. Suffice it to say that I'm pretty excited. I'll be working with their communications team, learning the ins and outs of their business and helping to communicate to the public about events, clients, and so on.
For those who don't know, MaRS is a technology incubator. It's a non-profit organization with the mandate of supporting technology businesses in Canada. Basically, MaRS helps technology start-ups establish themselves by providing office space, entrepreneurial training, networking opportunities, and many other benefits.
I've been gunning for the position since I met a few of the MaRS communications team at IdeaCity last summer. I was a few months away from starting my corporate communications program at Centennial College, and knew that I'd be needing an internship when I finished. I'd heard of MaRS, but never quite new the details, but once I learned more, I knew it would be a great place for me.
Why? Because I'm interested in science and technology, first of all, and immersing myself in a place that's full of researchers and inventors and generally smart people is going to be fascinating. But secondly, and more importantly, is because I want to get other people interested in science and technology, too.
Last night I had the opportunity to attend a talk given by one of my heroes: Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. One of his major points was that engaging in science and technology is one of the most powerful forces for bettering humanity; I'm inclined to agree. He also made the point that to get people engaged, you have to work at communication: go to where the people are and explain ideas in ways that are approachable and understandable.
Science doesn't have to be incomprehensible. Technology doesn't have to be this mysterious force to be feared. The right communication can make these fields interesting to everybody, and I want to be one of the people doing that communication. That's why I'm excited to be interning at MaRS, because it's the next step on my way to being a force for good.