Maryfer Palacios grew up in Chicago in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. She attends Holy Trinity High School where she participates in many extracurricular activities including basketball, art club, robotics, and many more student organizations. Maryfer interned with Cabrera Capital Markets through Chicago Summer Business Institute (CSBI). She completed a range of tasks including filing, working with spreadsheets, and helping out in the office wherever possible. Although the work was difficult, she felt like she learned how to be professional. The experience was valuable in that it helped Maryfer realize that she does not want to do a traditional desk job. She would instead like to be out in the world where she can do the most good, possibly a medical career. Maryfer believes that her internship helped her in her classes because it helped her learn how better to interact and communicate with other people, in particular she feels her public speaking skills have grown dramatically. The internship taught her that people like her can have a place in the professional world of downtown Chicago.