The Libra Internship Program Welcomes its Winter 2020 Cohort
New York, February 10, 2020 – Last week, the ninth Libra Internship Program (LIP) winter cohort, representing countries including Greece, Colombia, Israel and the United States, gathered in New York for orientation week. Interns heard from twenty company executives from across the Libra Group and its businesses as well as three LIP alumni. Additionally, the cohort completed several professional development workshops and participated in team-building activities.
The week started with logistical overviews, expectation setting and a welcome breakfast where the interns grasped a better understanding of their responsibilities. Additionally, a diversity workshop was held to discuss cultural differences and office etiquette. On their second day, they heard from intern alumni, Cristina Muniz (Summer 2016), Nourhan Elshenawi (Winter 2017), and Panagiotis Misirlis (Winter 2019) who led a panel to share their experiences and advice to the new cohort. The alumni advised the interns to ask questions and not be afraid of making mistakes, and also recommended exploring their local placement cities to make the most out of their experience! The group also shared some laughs as the alumni recalled some of their biggest lessons and memorable moments.
As the week continued, the interns had the opportunity to hear from several company executives and meet more members of the Libra network in New York. The speakers presented on their industry knowledge, advice on how to have a successful internship experience and some exciting projects to look out for in the future. Executives included Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, George M. Logothetis; Chief Strategy Officer, Phaedra Chrousos and Chief Executive Officer of The HOME Project, Sofia Kouvelaki.
Part of the internship program includes having a dedicated mentor and “buddy” to support and guide the interns within their role helping them reach their full potential. During the first week of February, the interns began their placements in Bogota, Miami, London, Athens, Washington DC and New York and enjoyed welcome lunches with their teams. Interns also participated in several onboarding exercises, including goal setting with their mentors and buddies, and also completed surveys to request topics for the ongoing virtual workshop series.
In their spare time, the group explored New York City together and visited sites such as the 9/11 Memorial, the Brooklyn Bridge, the Vessel and Wall Street.
“At the end of each day, my peers and I visited all of the famous New York City landmarks on our bucket lists. We also took the time to learn more about each other’s backgrounds, culture and future aspirations over meals, including some of the best pizza the city had to offer. These deep conversations immediately bonded us and made me feel like I had known them for years and not just one week.” – Lesly Gonzalez