Rising Prep Senior Completing Paid Leadership Internship

Rising Sandia Prep senior Marisa Brito Lienert ’21 is completing a paid internship with the Bank of America Student Leadership Program. She was one of two students selected to represent New Mexico.

Lienert and her partner were paired with Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization fostering work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. They taught financial literacy classes to elementary students via Zoom.

In an interview on KRQE, Lienert described her desire to hone her leadership skills, become a more well-rounded individual, and a “better member of society.”

One of her favorite parts of the internship was connecting with other interns around the country. “They all have different experiences and advice to give,” she said.

You can watch the KRQE interview here.

The Bank of America Student Leaders program has been preparing a diverse pipeline of community-minded students since 2004 with the leadership training they need to be successful in the workforce, according to their website.

The summer interns are awarded paid opportunities with local nonprofits and, in pre-Covid times, participated in a national leadership summit in Washington, D.C. This summer’s internship had to be held virtually.

Lienert is involved in Varsity Dance, Varsity Track, Empower Prep (a social justice education and advocacy group), Mental Health Matters (a club she started to combat the stigma surrounding mental health), and SuRGe (the Student Relations Group, dedicated to spreading positivity and kindness through small gestures in the Prep community.)

In the upcoming school year, she will be an officer for Prep’s chapter of the National Honor Society, as well as a member of the Senior Senate.

After graduation, Lienert plans to double major in biological sciences and Spanish on a pre-medical track. She also hopes to continue dancing in college.