I have to begin by saying I couldn’t be more pleased with my internship. It’s always a little unnerving to walk in to a new situation, not knowing what to expect, especially when the potential for the situation to change your life is so high. We all walked in to this thing a little blind, but from the sounds of it, most of us are thrilled.
One of the things I love most about where I work is that they keep me so involved. What’s more, they keep me involved in things that I enjoy. When I started college I knew I wanted to be a writer, but I had no idea what path was best to get there. At first, journalism didn’t seem appealing to me. I had no idea of the vast potential that the field offered. After more research I realized that journalism could serve as a conduit for the things I wanted to do with my life.
This internship has, so far, proven that journalism is much more than covering cat shows and bake sales. Portland is electing a new mayor, so my supervisor has me following Charlie Hales (the other two interns each have their own candidate as well). It’s been interesting to watch the candidate and learn how he operates his campaign. What I enjoy about it the most is that I’m there to be sort of a watchdog. I’m not there to be friends with him. Hales knows that, but we still get along well enough.
I’ve also spent some time collecting court documents from Multnomah County Court House, which has been interesting because it’s new to me. The process of actually collecting the documents is easy. What’s a little harder is finding the court cases and their case numbers.
I’m grateful for the opportunities I’ve been given. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for all of us. There is so much to learn, about our jobs, about Portland, about our futures in general. The picture I chose to post was taken from inside my new apartment. It over looks Northwest Portland and the area where my internship is located. I think it’s a good representation of how much I’ve been shown so far, and how much more there is learn about this city and the career I’ve decided to pursue.