Summer Interns Sizzle
Summer in Dallas fries the brain. I always say never again will I work in 100 degree and above temperatures. There is something about the heat that makes me dull. But not this summer. I have three summer interns who have kept me on my toes. All are from University of Texas. And these girls rock. I hired Sarah Kolb through an ExxonMobil Summer Community Jobs Program grant. The grant is competitive and I had over 50 applications. She moved from Austin to Dallas to work in Social Media for the SOLE SISTERS project. She learned team work, the meaning of film projects, outreach.I learned Social Media—well sort of. It is the way to communicate….but I still like meeting people in person and talking on the phone. But I can now make a statement in 140 characters or less. And I know the value of tweets. We have been gathering content for the film and partners through the internet. It’s like looking for the right fit. Sarah leaves this week and I will miss her. But she hopes…to keep on working on the SOLE SISTERS POETRY SLAM. I pray that she will.
Elizabeth Jones sent me an email looking for an internship and I read it and saw she wanted to make a name for herself in P.R. We were just beginning the work on the premiere of WAGING PEACE: The Peace Corps Experience. I immediately answered her and she was the perfect fit. She divides her time between WAGING PEACE and SOLE SISTERS. She is smart, a good writer and has a calming influence in the office. I love working with her. She returns to Austin in two weeks.
Monica Navarro graduated University of Texas this spring and wanted some work experience before she went off job hunting. She got it. She is busy the minute she walks in the door working on Social Media. She has chartered some new areas we would not have had time to explore. And she has made great connections with bloggers who are the new influencers. She will soon be off to Chicago to follow her dream. And I know she will do well.
This summer has been way hot….but we have been blazing at SOLE SISTERS. I hope to start filming in the fall. We are planning the SOLE SISTERS Poetry Slam. As Sarah, Elizabeth and Monica leave with new marketable experiences, I have taken many steps forward. Internships benefit everyone as long as you have the best fit.