The Intern Queen

First off, I feel it’s only right to tell you all that the title of this blog post is not in reference to me, but to the actual “Intern Queen”, Lauren Berger.  Super short bio on Lauren: during 4 years of college, Lauren participated in 15 internships (hence the title “Intern Queen”).  You can check out her website.

A few weeks ago, I was asked to research internships across the country and present to the Innovation team on my findings. I started by researching companies with internship programs online but just wasn’t getting the information I was looking for.  I was really looking for more personal experiences, not just a paragraph describing the program with hardly any detail.  My next thought was to use the resources available to me… Sundoggers!  Long story short, I spent much of my week interviewing several Sundog employees (shout out to Emily, Annika, Alex, Megan, and Alyssa) and then decided to take my research one step further.  Cue the “Intern Queen.”  That’s right, I contacted her people and we set up an interview!  Lauren was great; not only did I get some great information for my research, but will be sharing a guest blog on her site, and she offered Sundog an opportunity to advertise our internship on her website as well!

Aside from my interaction with intern royalty this week, the week consisted of the usual Project Manager Intern activities… meetings!  Towards the end of the week, it seems the stars have aligned and I have been fortunate enough to have some down time.  The absence of meetings for a few days has allowed me the opportunity to catch up on some notes and to get all of my projects in line.

 Now that I’ve been here for over a month, many of the projects that I’m working on are no longer in the “kick-off” phase and have developed into full-blown projects.  This new progression has presented a whole new learning curve, one completely different from the challenges of being a new intern/employee/project manager.  I’m talking about the actual day-to-day challenges of project management; budgets, timelines, available resources, and so much more!  This week’s Project Management lessons have evolved from scheduling meetings and planning out resources, to actually meeting with the resources and updating projects through the completion of tasks.  I’ve really enjoyed being updated on tasks, finding ways to solve problems and work around roadblocks, and have especially enjoyed getting to know more of my co-workers through our interactions on these projects.

That’s all for this week, have a great weekend and a Happy 4th of July!