Introducing Our High School Interns

On June 4, 2020, Metis announced that it would establish a paid summer internship program for New York City high school students. We are excited to introduce the inaugural group of high school interns who have already begun their summer experiential learning at Metis. Throughout the week, we will feature each of these dynamic and talented young people and their important contributions to Metis’s work.

Abdullah Mahdi, a recent graduate of New Explorations into Science, Technology, and Math (NEST+M), is very interested in college access and social justice issues. In a human behavior class, Abdullah researched the fundamentals of identity formation, which included a wide range of research activities, including a survey he designed and administered. Abdullah hoped that through an internship at Metis, his data collection and analysis skills will be significantly improved and that he would learn more about the principles of surveying. 

Kyra Manning graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School this spring, and she plans to major in elementary education in college and then pursue a master’s in educational administration. Kyra’s interest in social sciences stems from college-level anthropology and sociology courses that she took during Summer College at Syracuse University last year. She sees this internship at Metis as an opportunity to blend her interests in education and research. 

Sinmiloluwa (Sinmi) Afolabi is a rising senior at the Brooklyn Emerging Leaders Academy and is interested in the arts and justice reform.  Sinmi has always been interested in research as a potential career and hopes that this internship will give her a “better understanding of how research actually works and directly benefits the communities we live in.”