Series: Meet Our Cohort

vol.1, no. 10 — Introducing Esmeralda Pemberthy

6 internships have begun! With 10 more to start in the coming weeks, we welcome you to get to know all 16 members of our inaugural cohort. Today’s intern spotlight, Esmeralda Pemberthy, shares her proudest accomplishment, her inspiration, and the demise of her first computer.

Esmeralda Pemberthy

Network Technology and Administration Major at Bunker Hill Community College

  • Headed for a Network Security & Messaging internship at Vertex
  • Pet project: Created Windows Server 2008 and Windows 10 on Virtual Machines
  • Proudest accomplishment: Making the decision to go back to school after 15 years to complete a career change.

Let’s dive deeper…

Q: Were you interested in technology when you were growing up?

I grew up in Medellin, Colombia, surrounded by men who only wanted to play soccer, so I wanted to be a soccer player too. Then, as I learned about technology, I saw that there is always something new to learn. The field is growing and I want to grow with it.

Q: Who inspires you?

My mom is my inspiration. She has worked very hard for my brother and me. She taught me my values and also taught me that when you want something you must work hard to reach it. I want to show her that everything she did for me was worth it.

Q: How would you describe yourself?

I would describe myself as a very determined and highly motivated person. I am hardworking and I never stop until I reach my goals. I like to excel at what I do and for that I am always challenging myself to learn as much as I can.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish by the end of the Hack.Diversity program?

I feel pressure to do well and am worried about fulfilling expectations, but I’m super excited to gain hands-on experience in developing my skills. I also hope to learn from experts and to build professional connections.

Q: Any fun facts you’d like to share about yourself?

When I got my first computer, all I wanted to do was play with and explore it. One night, I fell asleep and a loud noise woke me up. My computer was on the floor, completely broken. From that moment on, all I say to myself is, “Do not put your computer on your bed, Esmeralda!”.


The next round of internships will start on May 22nd. Stay tuned for next Tuesday’s “Meet Our Cohort vol. 1, no. 11.” ICYMI, meet the interns we’ve already introduced!

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