So today was a VERY exciting day because it was the first day of my summer internship at Coca-Cola Studios! I honestly still can’t believe that I was given this amazing opportunity to work with one of the largest and well-known companies in the world for my first internship and today was absolutely surreal. I was super pumped about started, but also a bit nervous of course. I wasn’t so much worried about the actual work I’d be doing at the internship, but mainly the trivial stuff instead – finding the entrance, parking, locating the lobby, trying to remember and navigate all the buildings, wearing the right outfit, etc. I always tend to worry about that stuff way more than I do about the stuff that actually matters. Classic Vic.
Anyway, I got there incredibly early. I was supposed to be there by 9 so I left the house at 7:30. Turns out Atlanta traffic is not nearly as and as I thought it’d be and I arrived by 8. Being the truly awkward person that I am, I just sat in my car and watched YouTube videos until 8:30 because I didn’t want to come off as too eager. Thank God there was an abundance of signs everywhere so that I could successfully find the elevator to the lobby. I get up there and I have to take a picture for my visitor ID. I smile for the picture, realize I still have my sunglasses on my head, and take them off right when she takes the picture. Thankfully, she retook it. I didn’t know if this would be my ID picture for the whole summer or not so I was extremely grateful for that. It turns out it wasn’t, but still grateful nonetheless. Then I go through the metal detector and then walk into the lounge to wait for Jess to come escort me to the office. When I walk into the lounge, I notice that basically everyone else in there was a young or middle-aged man and this just made me laugh. Here are all these probably-accomplished, professional men in this VIP lounge of the largest beverage company in the world, and then in walks this little twenty-something college student with her Lauren Conrad top and Kate Spade bag. I just felt really accomplished and prestigious at that moment. I don’t usually like to toot my own horn, but I felt pretty bad-ass at the time. After a few minutes, Jess came and picked me up from the lounge and gave me a little tour on the way to our office. Coca-Cola definitely does everything bigger and better than everyone else – that was made quite clear.
Throughout the day, I met all the people I’ll be working with and probably won’t remember half their names tomorrow. I did some small tasks like filing some papers, printing documents, searching for velcro ties in the storage rooms, scouring YouTube for video footage from UWG, and ran some errands around the building when necessary.
Overall, it was a great first day. Tomorrow there’s a shoot with the CFO of Coca-Cola at 8 in the morning. Jess told me not to worry about coming for that, but I insisted that I do. I really kind of want to just jump in and see everything they do. I figure I’ll have to eventually help out with shoots so I’d like to have the opportunity to be a fly on the wall first. I’m also the first intern that’s started so far and I kind of want to take advantage of that and get a head start, make a good impression on everyone. There’s also a bake-off tomorrow in the Studio so I definitely started at the right time.
Anyway, I have to wake up like 5:30 tomorrow morning so I’m gonna go to sleep now. Stay fresh my dudes.