28 Mar An Intern’s Tale
I remember the first day we went to see the office. From the carpet to the walls, everything was dark and stained. It had this lovely musty smell that really would inspire you to say, “This is going to be my new home.” I stood there while Stephanie eagerly walked around spouting out ideas of wall colors and furniture. I smiled and commented but secretly wondered if this was going to be the craziest job I was ever going to have… and I was right.
I’m going to be really honest, I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life when I took this internship. I also didn’t have any idea of what to expect, but what I did know was Stephanie was so dang passionate about this mission that I was ready to do about anything to get her company where it needed to be. Before I knew it, I was meeting with publicists, researching marketing, learning how to write and create newsletters, building a social media platform for the company, and even putting together Ikea furniture. I got to touch every part of this blossoming company and got responsibility that I would never get at an older company.
Yeah, yeah so I learned a lot, usual internship stuff. However I also fell in love with every associate we worked with. It’s so easy to think you know everything until you’re staring at the truth every single day. These women are incredible, and they deserve the world. They not only work hard, but they also dance and sing with complete joy even while their lives are less than the picture of joy. There’s something so special about working alongside someone who’s lived on the other side of the world from you. I might have been terrified every time they gave me some authentic foreign food to try, and I might have been less than efficient at trying to explain something to them… but what I did give them as much love as I could possibly give.
One of the hardest days this summer was saying goodbye to Vickery Trading Company. I wasn’t ready to say goodbye, and I’m still not ready. I can’t wait to watch this company grow, and I’ll never forget all the chair races I had with Stephanie, all the karaoke moments I had with my fellow intern, and all the crazy snapchats I took with the associates.
I’ll probably never have a boss that I appreciate/respect more, and I’ll probably never have another job that will change my life as much as this one did.
My advice you, join this crazy journey and apply to be a VTC intern today. You won’t regret it.
PS: The office is now as beautiful as Stephanie first described that one hot summer day.