Meet the Interns

We Sparkle is so excited to introduce our three wonderful interns.

Meet Siv our Development Intern...

Hello everyone! My name is Siv Prak, and I grew up in a small town in Cambodia. I am a rising senior currently attending Macalester College with a Computer Science major. I want to be a software engineer after graduating.

I chose We Sparkle because I wanted to join a team focused on helping small businesses grow. We Sparkle accomplishes this by using AI technology to help with administrative tasks and increase sales. I am very excited to work with Nick and Michelle to develop new software applications, get hands-on experiences, and learn more about new technologies that might not be taught in school. This is a great opportunity for me to develop my technical skills and also help small businesses in the Twin Cities at the same time.

Outside of school, I am a member of the African Music Ensemble, Badminton Club, and Mac College Loop. I like doing community services, such as volunteering at the local nursing home and teaching English to local immigrants. I also like spending time with my friends or family sitting by the lake and enjoying nature. Besides that, I also enjoy traveling, meeting new people, trying different kinds of food, and learning more about cultures around the world.

Meet Anna our Marketing Intern...

Hi everyone! My name is Anna Manning, and I grew up in a little town about an hour north of Chicago called Lake Bluff. I’m a rising senior currently attending St. Olaf College with an English Major and a Management Studies Concentration (our fancy way of saying a minor).

I discovered We Sparkle after deciding to apply to my school's Entrepreneurial Scholars program. This program focuses on connecting students to entrepreneurs around Minneapolis and Minnesota. The goal of this program is to immerse students in the crazy world of entrepreneurship. After seeing an open Marketing position and reading up on We Sparkle’s mission, I knew I needed to apply. I’m so excited to work with Michelle, Nick, and the other interns this summer getting real-world hands-on experiences and making a positive impact on We Sparkle.

Outside of work and academics, I’m the Head of Marketing for the Women in Business club on my campus as well as the President of the St. Olaf Swim Club. I’m an avid cooker and baker, which I’ve luckily gotten to do a lot of while in quarantine (a positive aspect of this situation). I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, and being outdoors. Overall, I’m really excited to see where this summer and internship takes me!

Meet Sam our Finance Intern...

Hello everybody! My name is Sam Mielke, and I grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities, Andover Minnesota. I’m currently attending the University of St. Thomas with a major in Finance and Data Analytics. Next year, I will be at the University of Minnesota - Carlson School of Management.

I first discovered We Sparkle after they won the impact ventures division of the MN CUP, and I knew right away I wanted to be involved with We Sparkle’s mission. We Sparkle interested me because I believe that small businesses need to incorporate AI into their business structure, or they will be left behind. We Sparkle is helping small businesses integrate with AI. I'm also attracted to their mission, which is focused on aiding women of color entrepreneurs because they are the fastest-growing demographic of small business owners. I’m extremely excited to learn from Michelle as well as the rest of the team while also gaining valuable experience working for an amazing company.

Outside of the classroom and We Sparkle, I spend my time working on my start-up Incenta Health. Incenta's mission is to help people better their health. I also love learning, reading, and taking online courses. For fun, I enjoy working out, spending time with friends, family. I like to spend time on the lake whether it is fishing or just enjoying nature, I dig it. I am also a big Minnesota sports fan, I look forward to cheering them on when they resume playing!

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