The Intern Update: Weeks 2 and 3
I have tricked myself into blogging tonight by using the excuse that really, this is like homework. In reality, I'm sitting here with a huge reference book on my lap and attempting to avoid "real" work. But, since it's been took long since my first intern update, I think I need to discuss some of the happenings around the office so that when I do need to write this up into a journal, I'll actually remember some of it.
Two weeks ago is pretty fuzzy already, but I did pretty much the same things. After mastering the art of inputting constituent cases into the computer, I was handed an enormous stack of them and went to work. On the first day (and the second, I think), the pile that I set aside, because I either couldn't read the rep's handwriting or had no idea what to do with it, was way bigger than the pile of casework that I actually finished. I also learned how to print stuff out and I had some fun with a stapler. And, on Groundhog Day, I got to have my own office. Pretty sweet, huh?
This week was a little bit different and I can't go into too many details just yet (IM me if you're curious and I will fill you in as I am able to), but Monday will be an interesting day. I basically filed and did more constituent work this past Monday. I'm getting better, the "I don't have a freaking clue about these" pile is now smaller than the "Yay! I did these all by myself! I'm a big kid now!" pile. Then on Wednesday, I found out that my supervisor is going on leave and I am about to be stranded. Yeah, not a good day at all. I did learn how to use the calendar (which is apparently a big deal because the two staffers below my supervisor get yelled at a lot for messing around with it) and RSVPed for a few events.
Thursday night was my first community outreach program. Every now and then, our office puts together a meeting of sorts about an issue. Thursday was a college funding seminar, where panelists from financial aid programs, college admissions counselors, and military people came to talk to parents and adults who are going back to school about paying for college. We had a fantastic turnout and I got to meet a few other Republican state reps who co-sponsored the program. I also had a blast with staffers from the other offices. One of them was kind enough to obtain for me the phone number of the really hot guy from the National Guard who spoke. (And then my supervisor tried to take it back when she found out how old he is.)
All in all, I'm having a good experience thus far. I am afraid that will change next week when my fantastic supervisor leaves and the workload changes, but I have done enough stressing and worrying about this since Wednesday. I will have more to say after our meeting Monday afternoon. But so far, the only good thing that will come from this is that I will be getting my own office, which I will adorn with pictures of Ronnie.
But not Pat. No, no, I blame him for my current sad state of affairs.
This has been your Intern Update from Mary, the best damn intern since Monica Lewinsky!