Cori Grainger is a University Relations BOLD Intern at Google. She graduated high school as the founding valedictorian at the Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women. She has gone on to attend the Johns Hopkins University with a full-ride scholarship, double majoring in Spanish and Medicine, Science, and the Humanities. Some of her favorite accomplishments over her time at JHU include studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain and interning at Intel Corporation as a product development technical intern, and doing Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Cori is now completing her dream internship as a BOLD intern at Google, working with some of the top ML and AI researchers in the world. A fun fact is that Cori’s unrelenting desire to succeed was documented in the award-winning film, STEP the Movie.
As a rising sophomore in high school, Cori was accepted into the University of Maryland's Young Scholars Program. She lived on campus for one month and completed an Introduction to Engineering Design course, where she was introduced to everything from the magic of programming/coding to the wonders of physics and electrical engineering. Amazed by the potential to create awesome products, while leveraging her creativity to do so, she decided that tech was definitely for her.
“At a prior internship, I was not having a positive experience. I felt undervalued and underestimated by my colleagues, and as a technical intern, I was not having a technical experience in the least. I wanted to know if others felt the same way, so I co-founded an initiative called "Intern Power Hour." Through it, we worked to increase intern visibility to upper-level management and implement a standardized internship program so all interns could have positive, wholesome learning experiences. Though I left the company, our initiative lives on and has been adopted by the Vice President of the business group where it began. I am immensely proud because many times I felt discouraged as the only young, Black woman on the team but I found a way to transform that negative experience into a positive one for all the interns to come after me.”
Source of inspiration. Seeing others succeed and pursue their passions. They push me to also be great!
Book recommendation: The Power of Habit.