I do not “officially” begin my Senior Project until April 7th, however I already feel like it is well and truly underway. As you may already know, my senior project is with the non-profit organization of Scenarios USA. A wonderful organization that creates first-class movies based on scripts and stories created by youth. The work and impact they have on the day to day lives of the youth of today is remarkable. I am lucky enough to get the opportunity to work with them and see exactly what being a member of Scenarios USA is all about.
I was a bit late on the whole ‘sorting out my internship thing’, however here I am interning with my first choice organization. I hit the jackpot with applying for Scenarios, as it so happens to turn out this month is one of the busiest for Scenarios USA as they are getting ready for their 15 year anniversary with a Gala at the end of the month. One that I have volunteered to work at and one that I will be instrumental in creating elements in.
As I mentioned above, although I do not start my senior project until April 7 officially, I have already started. Given my trip to Australia, I was unable to start my internship until later, however they seized the opportunity of my long flight back home and asked if I would transcribe an hours worth of footage for them. When I had met with my boss, Rob, he mentioned that I would be instrumental in helping put together a big anniversary advertisement for the organization. This is great, I wanted to work with film for my internship. When Rob gave me the interview to transcribe I was happy to accept, it was only an hours worth of footage and I was sure it would be easy to do. However, I quickly realized that was not the case. I have never transcribed anything before, and although Rob warned me that even for a good transcriber, transcribing an hours worth of footage can take them three hours I was sure I could finish it in no time.
Having downloaded the videos, I went to start transcribing on the flight, only to, somewhat ironically, be hit with a dose of travel sickness in the form of a killer headache every time I tried to concentrate on the screen and type what the interviewees were saying. Reluctantly, after only completing a 3 minute section (that took my about 15 minutes to transcribe) I had to put it away and succumb to the fact that I was in too much pain to continue. After realizing how long transcribing was going to take me, as soon as I landed in Australia and was going home to get ready for bed, I stayed up until I had finished transcribing the entire video. I would say it took me a good four hours to complete. It was not pleasant, and I am not a fan of transcribing one bit. However, I did it and I had sent it in in time for when they needed it. I had officially completed my first ‘assignment’ for my internship.
I have already volunteered to work at the Scenarios USA 15 year anniversary Gala at the end of this month and I am excited to see what work I will be doing and what company I will be surrounded by. I feel it will be a great opportunity for me to truly grasp the impression Scenarios USA has on the older generation, the people instrumental to the financial side of the organization continuing and being so successful for such a long time. I’m a little bit nervous as well, but they’re good nerves.
For my trip back to the States I have (very reluctantly) accepted to transcribe some more footage for the advertisement. It’s all a part of the job I guess – I’m just kidding, transcribing isn’t so bad now I know what to do and all the tricks. I shall have that finished soon, considering I can’t do it on the flight, but I haven’t told my boss that. I always feel it is important to say yes to work, especially in the early stages of the job.
Despite having not officially started my internship, I feel confident and ready to get well and truly underway. They have already given me work which proves that I am needed and I won’t just be grabbing coffee for the next two months. My work will be of value to the organization. As nervous as I am about messing up, I’m excited to jump into the working world and seeing what I can do.