Today was my first day at my summer internship at the law firm Halloran & Sage in Westport, Connecticut. It was a busy first day. It started with a summary judgment hearing in the judge’s chambers. I was able to experience what it is like to have to argue the facts and make good points. After the hearing, I went back to the firm in Westport where I was given the entire brief of the case I went to court for. Though it was a 250 page brief, every page was interesting and full of arguments and tactics. Next week, I will be in New York attending a deposition for another case.
I can’t believe that three weeks have already gone by since I started my internship at Office Depot. It is flying by way too quickly! Even though it’s only 10:15 a.m., today has already been crazy! Tropical Storm Andrea is leaving the sunshine state, but is still making her presence known; the power has gone out twice today already for all of corporate! This caused the Internet to lag so everyone has been having a relaxed morning. Even though I have meetings set for my day, you never know what is going to happen.
My manager found a box of Office Depot embroidered shirts in one of her closets in the office, and handed them out to everyone on our team today! You never know what kind of free gift you can get walking into the office.
Today was my first pay day! I am extremely fortunate to have found a paid internship. I am only taking a small portion of this paycheck for personal use; the rest of the money is going into a savings account for me to use once I graduate.
Overall, the past three weeks have been incredible. I have attended countless meetings and held integral parts in contribution to my team’s college initiative; I have grown my knowledge base on Excel; I have completed projects and briefs; and I have formed friendships with fellow co-workers and interns that I know will last a lifetime. I hope everyone has a great weekend!
It has been a busy week so far here in the WTOP Newsroom! I conducted MOS (Man-on-Street) interviews for WTOP yesterday, asking others about the possibility of hotels eliminating room service and having more limited service hotels rather than full service. Although it was often challenging getting people to stop and talk for a few minutes, I was able to get a solid amount of interviews with a variety of responses.
Yesterday, I was asked by a reporter to attend a press preview for the new “Living Artfully” exhibit taking place at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens. The Hillwood Estate belonged to Marjorie Merriweather Post, an American socialite and daughter of Ella Merriweather Post and Charles William Post, who founded the Post cereal empire, which later became General Foods Corporation. I was asked to attend the event, take pictures and write notes about the new features of the exhibit for the living section on WTOP’s website. Although I had visited the Hillwood Estate before, being on a private tour, by the head of oral history, and taking pictures at the estate made the visit very special.
I also had the pleasure of meeting D.C. traffic reporter for WJLA and High Point University alum, Amanda Meadows! Amanda reports the traffic for ABC7 from the WTOP traffic center. It was wonderful to meet an alum from High Point University who studied journalism.
Yesterday, for BMA family, we had a chapel service and I was asked to share my testimony. It was a privilege to be asked, and I had a student that volunteered to translate my story into Czech. I spoke a lot about how I really took my faith into my own hands in college, because it was the first time I had the freedom to think about it for myself. I spoke about the family I created at HPU and how that has been such an important aspect of my college life. I am so grateful that I have a group of believers and non-believers that I can pray with, and talk openly about God and our different beliefs. A student came up to me after and told me how my story made her excited for the relationships she will soon make in University. It was a really encouraging experience as well as bitter sweet, because I have to come to terms with the fact that I am a rising Senior and I must make the most of my next year at HPU. I have no doubt I will.
Happy Wellness Wednesday! The NASCAR Wellness Program had a big bowl of cherries placed in the kitchen along with fun facts about why they’re healthy. Did you know that they have cancer-fighting properties, they help prevent pain and they are good for a healthy heart and bones? I didn’t. But I do now. I’m learning more than just NASCAR-related things at this internship.
Aside from eating cherries all day, I got a lot done around the office. My biggest task was creating long list of projects that needed estimation before they could begin. It took a while because there was a lot of stuff to go through and a lot of detective work was necessary. By working with my boss, we got a pretty solid list put together.
I’ve also been assigned the daunting task of designing the plans for monthly, quarterly and yearly reports. Since this division is relatively new, one of the only established reports is sent out on a weekly basis. I’m in charge of initial planning for deciding what content will be presented in the bigger reports. I believe that I have a pretty solid foundation in place right now, but if anyone has any ideas, I wouldn’t be opposed to hearing them!