As my first OC internship begins to come to a close, I’ve had some time to reflect on how this internship has impacted me as an individual. When I attended the orientation in early June, I was filled anxiety and excitement. I was eager to learn and ready for new experiences. But, I also felt that I was in over my head. I was apprehensive about balancing my already hectic lifestyle with this new internship. I wasn’t sure how I would be able to write regular blogs, complete community service, conduct a harvesting ceremony on top of the paid 200 hours!
My internship took place at two different businesses, Haxtun Hospital District and the Haxtun Chamber of Commerce. This internship has given me the chance to grow through numerous experiences. I did a lot more than designing infographics and posting to Facebook- I was also able to dabble in interior design and event planning! Our hospital is currently under an “aesthetic renovation” so my supervisor and I also spent the summer designing a new “look” for the hospital! Though I didn’t make any major decisions, I was able to attend meeting and give some input here and there.
As for event planning, our Chamber puts on the annual “Old Fashioned Saturday Night”! Old Fashioned Saturday Night ( or OFSN, as we like to call it) takes place right down main-street, and is filled with lots of fun. There’s a car show, food vendors, burn-out and a street dance! I was in charge of a good portion of advertising for this event: Facebook posts, fliers for around town, sponsorship thank-yous, etc. Instead of eating entirely too much and running around like I have during past years of Old Fashioned, I helped register cars for the car show.
Another requirement for the completion of my internship is to conduct a “Harvesting Ceremony”. I held my ceremony in conjunction with a chamber member meeting, and had about 15 people in attendance! My entire presentation lasted about 20 minutes, where I talked about my internship, and Ogallala Commons! I was very thankful that I had many community members, and friends their to support me as I wrapped up the very special chapter in my life.
I would like to thank Ogallala Commons for giving me this amazing opportunity. I cannot express how valuable this experience has been to me, both as a young professional and a young adult.