Janiel Richards didn’t mind when IBM coworkers mistook her for an intern during an office tour. She was a full-time developer at the tech giant, but she was also just 18.
What did astonish her was the differences between her and the actual interns.
Many of those she met were both a few years older and had bachelor’s degrees from Ivy League schools. Richards had an associate’s degree from the City University of New York’s tech college. One of those interns ended up on her team about a year later.