Name: Jamaal Lemon
Where you’re from: Born and raised in Charleston, SC. Currently residing in Silver Spring, MD
What was your favorite beer experience during your internship? Seeing Pilsner Urquell's cellars, and the Czech beer culture as it related to how beer is poured, changed my perception of beer
Are you still working with beer / breweries? I am currently an Ambassador for Atlas Brew Works in Washington, DC. I'm a writer for the DC Brewers' Guild and "On Tap" magazine as a beer reviewer.
What benefits did you get from the Drink It intern program? I have more experience understanding different styles of beer. Not to mention, i have seen some of the most historic and world renowned breweries and monasteries. I've also maintained many contacts from our travels domestic/abroad.
What advice would you give the 2017 interns? Have a blank slate coming in and soak it all in. Make friends wherever you go. Ask questions.
Sum up your Drink it Intern experience: Finally, an industry I'm able to be myself. I was never the best student in school nor the best worker at my 9-5. Since the internship, I've had many opportunities to further my experiences in the field. Not to mention, someone recognizes me every now, and again as one of the winners.
Name: Myron “Shep” Jenkins
Where you’re from: Originally from Charleston, SC but currently living in the DC metro area for the last 10 years
What was your favorite beer experience during your internship? Going to Cooperstown, NY for Ommegang’s Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event was the highlight for me. It was a unique opportunity to drink beer from some of the best breweries in the world AND we got to go camping!
What benefits did you get from the Drink It intern program? I made a lot of helpful connections in the beer industry and not to brag or anything but a little bit of fame; I’ve been pointed out in bars and events. People have recognized me from the WOB videos. It’s kinda weird haha
How did you spend your $12,000 dollars? Surprisingly I was a responsible adult for once in my life and used the money to pay bills.
What advice would you give this year’s applicants? Just be yourself. Don’t be discouraged if you aren’t a beer geek or expert. All you need to do is show that you’re passionate about beer.
What advice would you give the 2017 interns? It’s going to go by VERY fast so soak it all in and meet as many people as possible and take advantage of all the perks