Meet our PEOPLE Interns

The Pre-College Enrichment Opportunities Program for Learning Excellence, or PEOPLE, is a program that caters to students of color, low income students and students not represented in UW systems, specifically UW-Madison as a whole. The program caters to high school students from Madison, Milwaukee and surrounding areas. PEOPLE offers many academic services like on school sites that provide tutoring and support. It’s mainly known for giving students the opportunity to attend a summer university to mimic the college experience and give first generation students an idea of what it’s like to be on a college campus. When we complete the high school portion of this program and if accepted into UW-Madison, we are granted a full tuition scholarship. We were placed in WSUM radio because when applying for summer internships, we showed interest in journalism, marketing and communications. While at WSUM, we hope to have a more in-depth understanding of what we want to do with our future career paths. 


Hi! My name is Yemi Harding, I’m 16 years old and I go to Madison West High School. I’ve been apart of the PEOPLE program since 6th grade and have enjoyed a portion of my summer on UW-Madison’s campus every year since then. I’m really interested in a number of professions and majors such as psychology, history and even education, making the idea of college and narrowing these down to one career next to impossible. However, the interest that I most wanted to explore when applying for my summer internships was journalism. I love writing research papers and anything factual that takes investigation and research to find. I like asking questions that make people think and having those questions answered in a way that informs people, including myself and challenges ideas we previously may have had about the world. I believe that journalism taps into all of these things while forcing you to go out and look for that information yourself. There is also an honesty that (should) come with journalism. It is how the world is informed and that’s a heavy but very crucial responsibility that should be taken seriously and treated with respect and I really like that. During my internship, I hope to learn more about radio because even though I’m interested in print journalism, it’s important to understand how different branches of this profession work because there is overlap. For example, knowing how to interview is an important skill no matter what kind of journalist you want to be. I’m also looking forward to learning more about the equipment and getting more comfortable and learning how everything works in general. This is such an amazing opportunity and I’m so excited for the next four weeks!


Hello, my name is Kiara Thompson and I’m 17 years old. I am, from Milwaukee WI. I’ve been in the PEOPLE program since 10th grade. I learned a lot from PEOPLE they help me keep my brain energized and they help me with things I struggle with in my courses. They also help motivate ms to keep my grades afloat. For my internship I’m looking forward just working or interning WSUM 91.7 FM I feel like it would help me gain more knowledge or inspire me to write me. My long term goal is to be a writer. Not just a good writer but a writer who is most known and good enough like F Scott Fitzgerald, J.K Rowling, Maya Angelou and Suzanne Collins. I want to tell a story that’s worth reading something you can pass down from generation to generation like Harry Potter or the Brothers Grimm. Growing up as a kid I would read these stories or read mythology and be so interested and so excited to read the next. My mind would create a visual Pictures of what would my story would look like. I remember once reading my report card in Second Grade My teacher said I had good Stories I had trouble with getting my words Onto the paper. As I got older my Writing got better because in the 5th grade I was writing more frequently at school as an assignment. In conclusion I think WSUM 91.7 FM would bring me closer and Help me as not only a Writer but help me learn Journalism and also taking in different perspectives. 


I’m Savanna Lee, I’m 17 years old and I will be starting my senior year this fall at Madison La Follette High School. I joined PEOPLE Program in 9th grade and it has benefitted me ever since. I am constantly learning new things about myself, college, and different careers. One thing that has always stuck out to me was writing. In my high school experiences, I have become more comfortable and confident when it comes to writing. Whether it’s short stories, research papers, or just writing about myself. In the past year or so, I have tried to branch out a little and see what’s caught my eye. In February 2019, I was given a chance to write about how I feel African American students were being treated in schools compared to white students. This was my first time writing an opinion article that would later be shared to a larger audience. It was frustrating at first but once I got more into it, I felt more comfortable with sharing how I felt. After having my writing posted on the MMSD School website, I felt that this was something I would enjoy in the future.  I was positive at that moment that writing was a career I wanted to pursue out of high school and into college. Right now I am exploring the world of writing by interning at WSUM Student Radio Station. I hope to gain a better understanding of the writing that goes into everything here, as well as learning more about journalism. I’m looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone and hopefully learning about different things that may factor into my choice of career. 


My name is Jaida Headley, I am 16 years old and attend Milwaukee School of Languages and have been in PEOPLE program since the 9th grade. I am fluent in french, top 5 in my class, and enjoy painting, playing volleyball, and listening to music; mainly the reason why I was particularly excited to intern at WSUM radio. Through my experiences, I have seen the bigger connection music has to all cultures; it unites us. Having a caribbean background further engaged me in it, given that music is a big amount of the culture. Some knew from the moment they were born, what they were destined to be in life. I am not one of those people. However, I have always been drawn to music and the way it connects through the masses. I am aiming to pursue a field within the music business, managing all of its aspects, from its production, to tours and public relations. My ultimate goal is to own my own record label or company. Through my internship with WSUM radio, and with the help from the PEOPLE program, I will be able to explore the extent of which communication and music relate to one another. In the couple of days I have been here, I have been introduced to a music liaison and sat in a music talk show. Furthermore, I have taken part in a radio interview, and created my own Legal Id for the station; further sparking my interest in this field. I am hoping to gain more insight in music management and all aspects of what makes the most efficient production, while toying and learning new kinds of music and genres and mixing. At WSUM radio, I plan on opening myself to new perspectives, career-wise, as well as personally, through these new experiences. I am looking forward to these next few weeks as an intern at this great establishment!