Thats A Wrap.
July 28, 2015

My summer internship at the Larned Area Chamber of Commerce has been a great experience for me. It has really had a great focus on my future career field and I appreciate that. My supervisor Sydney has been awesome at giving me projects I have gained many benefits from. I have learned so much about working in the real world and what it takes to be in a position similar to what I hope to be doing for the rest of my life.
I was given multiple tasks to complete this summer. Many of which we have found out will take much longer than a summer to complete. One of my main projects was to implement a youth entrepreneurship program into the community. I have been researching and working for two months and I have completed nearly all that I can complete for this project. I have planned an entire summer camp for middle schoolers, free of charge. I have written a grant proposal in hopes of getting a program called Junior Achievement to open its arms to Larned high school or middle school. I am hoping my work will be used in the future to help bring a great business learning experience to the students of Larned.

A social media post I created for our YE Summer Camp
A social media post I created for our YE Summer Camp

Another major project of mine was to start a ShopLocal campaign. The community I am in has tried this previously and failed. I have spent a lot of time researching and writing down ideas on how to successfully implement ShopLocal. Mainly, you aren’t supposed to call it ShopLocal but rather GoLocal or GoLarned. I worked all summer coming up with short and sweet advertisements and plans to launch the program but after everyone telling me no matter what I do, it won’t work, I organized a meeting. We had an ad hoc committee meeting, a roundtable discussion with no agenda just positive energy and some people who were interested in the subject. The meeting was held Monday July 27 at the Chamber. I was nervous that this meeting may be attended by those who only wanted to gripe about Larned and what’s wrong with it. I was pleasantly surprised that my announcement at the beginning asking for only positive comments was really taken to heart and we had an extremely productive meeting. We had a great turnout and everyone that came contributed in some way to the conversation. Everyone became involved and had great ideas, I couldn’t have asked for it to go any better. We decided to meet monthly and discuss ideas and start taking action towards promoting locality to the community.
I made a rack card for the Chamber, I have made social media posts, promotional videos, gone to meetings, and helped assist in many events. I’ve had my finger in a lot of pies this summer and I am so thankful for the experience. I am glad I got to reconnect with Ogallala Commons because once again they have made me step out of my comfort zone and really do something that will benefit me in the future.

 

Ad Hoc Meeting ad I made
Ad Hoc Meeting ad I made