I should start by saying that not all internships are created equally. There are “hands off” and “hands on” internships. The “hands off” interns fit the stereotype that most people picture in their heads when they think of the word “intern.” They make copies all day, learn how to make (hopefully) really good coffee or tea*, and they run errands. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with standing back and observing for a season of life, and paying dues is an important part of maturing in any field. It helps you to appreciate your own creativity and spurs you on to thinking about how you would handle the problems your superior may be facing if you were in their shoes.
That being said, working on Into The Who Knows! is not “hands off.” In the past six weeks our internship team has helped plan a SXSW party, brainstorm and decide on marketing campaigns, do important research, and run the social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram) for our film. We’ve been an integral part of the promotion process – our ideas and creativity matter now and we are assigned real work that is useful for the development of Who Knows.
When I stop and think about how my work can actually make an impact, it’s thrilling. Watching Felix come to life on Instagram has been exhilarating because our team thought of that campaign in our very first brainstorming session. I’m in an atmosphere where I am being encouraged to be innovative and I am trusted to work not only in a team, but also independently. Annie and Micah are setting Erin, Kian, and me up for success in the film industry by giving us the opportunity to grow.
Moreover, since the three of us are present months before production, we have time to fuel the excitement surrounding Thomas and Felix. We also have time to feel like a team because we meet and check in with one another every week. We are very collaborative, which makes our ideas stronger because our final product is the melding of all of our imaginations. Personally, I love that it’s okay if I say a bad idea out loud because more often than not it will spur another idea and another, and then somehow we get back on the right track. I always leave our meetings excited about the work I have for the following week and knowing that I have gained insight that I wouldn’t have been given in class.
I can speak for all of us when I say that we believe in Into The Who Knows! That is the most important thing I can say – our belief spurs us to be the team I described above and to work hard on promotion and marketing. We believe deeply in Thomas and Felix, and we want more than anything for others to believe in them too. I hope you follow along with us as our journey Into The Who Knows continues.
*All the producers I’ve worked for drink tea.