DC Day 2: What should I get out of my Internship?


This is a picture from the middle of my street facing West.  3 blocks to the Capitol!

So I had my first day of work in DC on my second full day in the city.  It was a typical first day in a new Theatre.  A tour of the space, met a LOT of people, even learned about the quirky email system and went to a production meeting.  

But while my new PSM and I were having lunch, he asked me “So what else do you want to get out of this internship?”  And I honestly wasn’t sure what to tell him.  

I said, “I want to know what it is like to work at theatre of this size [LORT B+ and LORT C], and to see if I prefer opera to straight theatre and musicals,” which is all true, but I didn’t know what else to say.  

So around 3:30pm, on my walk home down the South East side of Pennsylvania Ave, I was thinking over the question again, “What do I want to get out of this internship?”  I’m not sure why it stuck with me.  Maybe because I felt like I should have more to say, or that I should have been more prepared for such a question.  But I couldn’t get past the question.

So, I finally reached the Starbuck’s two blocks from my apartment where I stopped to use the internet, and where I am typing this now, and decided it is important for me to have a few goals for this season.  Things for me to work on personally and professionally.  That way, I can be more active in the decisions I make, and less willie-nillie about work.  I will probably amend them as I go along and after each show begins or closes, but for now this is the starting point.

#1  First off, I want to balance my work and personal life.  I am looking to better understand how to enjoy life inside and outside of work, and still having time for cleaning and paying my bills, etc.  This is my first year out of school, and I want to start figuring out how to put the puzzle together.

 #2  Secondly, I want to improve upon my short comings as a manager.  I need to make sure I pack my lunch.  I need to learn how to mange stress better, and make sure that I don’t eat my stress.  And I need to be more confident about my skills as a manager.  I want to make a good impression at this company, but I also want to strengthen my skills.  If I don’t learn anything new, then I haven’t spent my time well.

#3  Finally, I want to meet as many people as possible, both professionally and personally!  I want to figure out where my path will go, or if I want to stay in DC.  There is so much to explore, and I am so lucky to have a whole year to do it!

And I will keep adding to this post as I come up with new things.  But for now, this is how I want to direct my time in the city.  I still can’t believe I live here, and am very excited for all the great experiences to come!