As most of you know by now, I recently had been going through a fairly stressful situation with my previous internship. My purpose for being in Portland was beginning to feel like it was no longer there. I felt like I was a disappointment to my peers, instructors, and more importantly, myself. Nothing I had done to find another internship seemed to work in my favor. It was when I was at my lowest that things took a u-turn.
I finally landed a second internship.
The stress, effort, and exhaustion of losing my first one turned out to work as a blessing in disguise. I’m extremely grateful for the help and encouragement that I received from those involved in keeping me in this program and finding a place that I can honestly say, after my first day (yesterday), is downright awesome. I’m with a tight-knit group that believes in their work as much as they believe in each other.
My first day started off a bit frustrating. I slept through my alarm, I was beginning to feel sick, and when I finally arrived, I was unable to access the internet for nearly an hour (boohoo, right?). Once things got going, I was assigned my first task by my supervisor. Yes. Finally. Some work.
The agency is currently going through a rebranding phase and they took me in to help with the process. My task for this week is just what I prefer, straightforward and exciting: I’m helping the agency find media and apparel related events, in either PDX or NYC, that it can strategically participate in. I got to work, did the research, and got results.
Towards the end of the day, I was able to get to know my peers a bit better. If there’s one thing they all have in common, it’s their ability to share laughter together. Everyone seemed like they wanted to be there and it was completely contagious. So contagious in fact, that it’s part of why I can’t wait to embark on day two tomorrow!
Joey Zolfaghari, Intern.