Well I feel like kind of a jerk. I completely forgot about the existence of blogs. I suppose I can at least make sure I do one every 100 hours or so I work (I'm at about...150 now? Maybe more than that...don't have my papers on me at the moment).
Things have been going mighty well, to say the least. I started off simply being that young intern in the background silently following orders, but as I started to get to know people and exhibit my latent PR/Marketing abilities, I found my niche. And man, does it rock.
A bit of background info: the interns get these little sheets that are posted up on the door that has a picture of us accompanied by an array of random information--a great way to humiliate us by making sure we stand out to all passersby. Anyway, I listed "filmmaking" as one of my interests...just because, you know, it's a hobby. Nothing serious, no big deal, just time killer stuff.
I was surprised to hear that the people in the office actually read what's on those things. I made it clear that I wasn't, you know, that particularly good or anything, but apparently the little experience I had was more than any other intern they'd had before.
I was asked to put together a simple slideshow with music, which really was no big deal to me, at all. Moreover, they have Nero on these computers, which is the very editing software that I started off using for video editing (am I the only one who took that as a sign)?
I put together a slideshow with some great pics, crazy transitions, and so-called "perfect" music. And I did it with style, without breaking a sweat. It really was no hassle at all--it's the kind of stuff I love to do. (View it here).
Alright, I would have started this sooner, but the internet at home has been a little screwy so I haven't gotten a chance to get online--not that I would have had time the past few days of working, any down time I had was generally spent sleeping.
Just starting off, a quick background: I scored a paid internship with Special Olympics VA for the summer, and just started last Thursday, June 5th. I had been under the impression that it was your average office intern job, so that's what I expected.
However, as it turns out, the day I started just-so-happened to be essentially the most stressful time of the year for the place: their Summer Games event, which is one of those massive events that they spend the whole year planning for. This event also occurred mostly outdoors, on the hottest days of the year, and involved lots of heavy lifting and general movement in the path of the sun. A far cry from that breezy air conditioned office work I expected.
What's the definition of irony, again?
Regardless, it gave me an easy way to open up to the people who would be my co-workers--when you are all equally sweaty, tired, and whiny about the heat, it's hard to be "shy". As hot and tired as I was from working early morning until late in the evening, by Saturday, it was much more rewarding than I expected. I had done volunteer work with similar kinds of events before, but never on one of this scale. As horribly hot as it was outside, there were still thousands upon thousands of people (I think it was around 1300 competitors and coaches, about 1000 "fans" and just as many volunteers) who came out just because they felt like it was a good thing to do. The most surprising out of everything, though, was the sheer amount of volunteers and volunteer groups there. I had never seen nor heard of this before in my life, but there were literally too many volunteers (the big heads' words, not mine). There were honestly so many people there that attended just to help out that the organizers ran out of places for them to work. Seriously, I just can't wrap my head around that fact.
All together the details of the event were a blur, honestly. A sunny, sweaty blur. But seriously, somehow it was a ton of great fun, and a great experience.
Today was my first real typical day on the job. I basically did some average office stuff to kind of wrap up the even that had happened on the previous admin; compiling lists, sorting through photos, rolling up banners, etc. I also got to proofread a newsletter, and also got to write a Press Release...that might sound lame to other people, but I personally thought it was cool, considering this is actually the real, professional stuff. And, no matter what, I'm offically in the clear with A/C for the rest of the summer--you have no idea how ecstatic I am about that.