My name is Briana Brozowski, and I am a first year Business Administration major with a
minor in Engineering and Business through the Denning Technology and Management Program.
Entering my second semester of my first year of college, I knew I wanted to find a way that I
could plug into the Georgia Tech and Atlanta community while gaining new experiences. While
searching for opportunities like this, I found the Social Impact Fellowship Program. What stood
out to me about the Social Impact Fellowship Program was the opportunity to work hands-on at
a non-profit that gives back to the community. Through this program, I connected with the
organization called Plywood People.
Plywood People is a non-profit organization in Atlanta that leads a community of start-
ups doing good. Plywood People is supported by Plywood Place which is a co-working space
where people come together to make a difference. Plywood Place supports individuals where
ideas are shaped, plans are made, and goals are sought after. The community that is hosted at
Plywood Place encourages growth and change in the world. Over the past 13 years, Plywood
People has worked with over 1000 social impact leaders to help train them to amplify their
ideas, initiatives, and companies.
Working at this organization, I have been able to grow so much as a person. I gained real
life experience, and got exposure to the details and technicalities that go behind a functioning
business. The team at Plywood People is uplifting, supportive, and striving for good change in
the community. Each team member made a point to build a connection with me while teaching
me so much along the way. I felt supported and learned so much.
Before starting this internship, I was concerned I would have trouble balancing the time
commitment of the internship with my schoolwork. With ample time planning, and learning
how to use my time productively, I was able to balance the internship with school. Having this
internship taught me how to efficiently use time, as well as, learn how to communicate my
scheduling needs to an employer. These are skills that I only would have been able to acquire
through work-experience which is what this internship provided me. I am now more prepared
for future jobs, job interviews, and work environments. If anyone is contemplating participating
as a Social Impact Fellow, I would wholeheartedly recommend it. This is a great way to gain
work experience, while giving back to the community in amazing ways.
The Institute for Leadership and Social Impact is an interdisciplinary institute that promotes servant leadership and social innovation that contribute to a more just, caring, and equitable world. Learn more about our Social Impact Fellows program.