Getting an internship is a lot like dating.
You have to figure out what you’re looking for in the relationship. You have to realistically assess yourself and what you bring to the table, as well as looking at what you need to improve. The internship is a two-way street, much like a relationship – both parties need to give and take for a healthy, successful companionship.
I find myself currently in one of these relationships-of-the-internship-variety. Allow me to introduce myself – my name is Trey, and I’m a senior in SOC with a minor in CAS (in Theater, of all things). I’ve spent two years at AU – I was a transfer student – and plan to graduate this summer, as long as AU doesn’t cancel my Economics class that I am also taking this summer. I have worked at The Eagle since my start at AU, writing and photographing for the music and theater sections. I also became the Director of Photography for the Student Government for 2007-2008 as well as worked at the Photo Lab. This is my first internship, but if all internships are this cool, I was seriously missing out.
(Though I am instructed to not write anything “stupid” by the Higher Beings of the Career Center, I would like to go on the record to say that MGC 3 rocks, I will not always be using proper grammar in this blog and Professors Amy Eisman, Angie Chuang, John Watson and Doug Hecox are the absolute creme de la creme of AU’s professors, and if you’re reading this, do yourself a favor and take a class with at least one of them, if not all.)
So now you know about me. Let me introduce my partner in crime, Wolf Trap.
Wolf Trap was founded by Catherine Filene Shouse (of Filene’s Basement – how cool is that!), passed as an act of Congress in 1966. Wolf Trap opened in 1971 and to this day, remains the nation’s only national park dedicated to preserving the arts. They operate under four “pillars” – Opera, Education, Filene and Barns. Each of these items represent a branch of Wolf Trap that, though seemingly different, connect pretty seamlessly – for instance, I’m in the Education department as an intern – yet since I’m the photographer, I’m constantly over at the Filene Center.
During the summer, the interns descend like cicadas upon the Center for Education (where I work) and the Filene Center. There’s 30 of us working here full time for the next three or four months in all of the four pillar areas. One thing that’s so great about Wolf Trap is they really want their interns to learn, which is definitely part of what made them so appealing during the “dating” process.
So please enjoy reading my thoughts about this “relationship” through this blog, “The Park in Vienna.” I’m already accumulating stories about Wolf Trap that will hopefully show how unique and awesome of a place it is to work, as well as tidbits that I am learning about being in the “real world” (hint: it’s very different than going to class). Please feel free to comment – we journalists are totally into the “join the conversation” thing.
It’s going to be a great summer!