Oct 09, 2022 |

INTERNING podcast: Being a Black intern

At Thomson Reuters, we are committed to building diverse and inclusive teams. Diverse teams reach more customers and challenge the status quo, while an inclusive workplace cultivates breakthroughs and solves problems more efficiently for our customers.

This summer, the Thomson Reuters Black Employee Network – Europe chapter launched the Black Internship Scheme (BIS), an initiative that provides paid internships to Black and mixed-race 18- to 24-year-olds. As part of the BIS, we launched INTERNING, a podcast hosted by Beverly Wedderburn, a Senior Product Manager at Thomson Reuters and BIS team lead.

INTERNING focuses on the experience of being a young Black adult navigating the corporate world. Through conversations with our current BIS interns and leaders at Thomson Reuters, Beverley explores the BIS experience, highlights the rewards and challenges of the program, and speaks to the benefits of using alternative pathways to engage with and encourage Black talent into organizations to build a diverse workforce.

Follow along with INTERNING on Spotify.

Episode 1) Being the change you want to see

Interning episode 1

In this episode of INTERNING, President and CEO of Thomson Reuters Steve Hasker and Zion Dapaah, a Sales intern in BIS, joined Beverley to discuss the Thomson Reuters Diversity & Inclusion commitment, the importance of trying new things and not being afraid to fail, listening to your mum, and the many benefits of a good night’s sleep.

Episode 2) Being your authentic self at work

Interning episode 2

In this episode of INTERNING, our host Beverly is joined by BIS Tech Support intern Kanye Anderson. Listen to Kanye share his thoughts on his internship journey, the importance of bringing your authentic self to work, and how his new puppy Kash has become an honorary team member.

Episode 3) Representation matters

Episode 3: Representation matters

In this episode of INTERNING, our host Beverley is joined by Lucinda Case, Head of Legal Professionals Europe and Patrick Hurley, VP Global Specialty Support. Listen to Lucinda and Patrick share their thoughts on why diverse representation matters, the importance of keeping this conversation alive to influence change, and how they are using their voices to ally, amplify and pay it forward.

Episode 4) This is not a drill! D&I initiatives matter

Episode 4: This is not a drill! D&I initiatives matter

In this episode of INTERNING, our host Beverley is joined by David Wong, Chief Product Officer and Chris Louie, VP of People and Future of Work Strategy at Thomson Reuters. Listen to Beverley, David and Chris discuss their purpose, what drives them to make change matter, and the importance of the Black Internship Scheme.

Episode 5) This is my why

Interning podcast episode 5: This is my why

In this episode of INTERNING, Beverley sits down with Leila Thomson, Founder and CEO of Urban Synergy.  Listen to Beverley and Leila discuss why it’s so important to have relatable role models, why Black excellence must be celebrated.  And why after almost two decades of dedication there is still so much more work to be done.

Episode 6) This is our why

Interning episode 6: This is our why

In this episode of INTERNING, Beverley is joined by Charlene Michael-Imobioh and Yasmin Nelmes, two of the five team members who were responsible for bringing the Black Internship Scheme to life. Listen to the group reflect on their personal growth journeys to launch the program.

Episode 7) My unforgettable learning journey

Interning episode 7: My unforgettable learning journey

In this episode of INTERNING, Beverley is joined by Black Internship Scheme Sales intern, Zion Dapaah. Listen to Zion share his internship experiences and how stepping outside his comfort zone to work in an office environment has changed his career path trajectory.