What a Change of Pace Can Teach You
It is my last day interning at Clear Blue, my evaluations are done, I am whittling away at my last to-do list, and I find myself reflecting on what a wonderful experience I have been able to have.
When I first arrived here I was not entirely sure what to expect, at the time I did not think that my experience had prepared me for the immensely creative environment that I had jumped into, and I worried if I would be accepted. Looking back now, I am glad say those fears were unwarranted. The culture at Clear Blue has been nothing but welcoming and nurturing.
The best insight I have gained at Clear Blue has been through seeing our President, Robin Konieczny, work first-hand. It can be very easy to only epitomize a person through their title, and say that business owners are apathetic and statuesque. But when you engage the person a much more impassioned and devoted picture is painted. I was astounded to see how much creative work happened after hours; Robin always seemed to be “on”. Even in very social situations you could see the gears turning, thinking of how Clear Blue’s skills could be used to help others.
The art of promoting your resources and capabilities to others is a skill I will never again take for granted. Since my last internship was in government, it was all too easy to presume that our services would always be in demand, there is much more to be learned from having to seek out new business opportunities.
On the other side of the table, I was thrilled how much my research skills were appreciated. I underestimated just how much of it I would be doing, looking up potential clients, new product details, and best practices; a far cry from county GDPs and government budgets. Everyone encouraged me to use my own insight to find resources and provide input where I could.
At the end of the day, when I shut down my computer and clear out my drawer, I will be sad to say goodbye to Robin, Addison, and Mandy. I do not know if I will be able to find another group of colorful personalities that are as determined to see me successful and happy but I am grateful for the time I have had with them.
Catherine K. – 2014 Summer Intern