Marana’s interns share their summer experiences.
As interns, Anthony and I are soldiering on. We don’t get to be a part of as many meetings as we once did, but we still have a lot of work to do. Some days seem to drag on a bit. That’s not because we have nothing to do; we are extremely busy. When you sit in front of a computer working for hours at a time, things tend to get a little tedious. We appreciate the meetings now since they break up other humdrum tasks. This isn’t a slight on the work, but more I think the reality of any real job. My point? It’s important to prioritize. It can be easy to get behind schedule.
But aside from that, things are awesome! The Arizona League of Cities booth is moving forward very well. We have orders in for the majority of the things we need, and all the design prep is coming along. There are still a few loose ends to tie up, but I have a feeling that everything should wrap up this week or next. There is a lot to orchestrate, and with our other projects, time is getting scarce, especially in the face of our overall dwindling time with the Town. July seems to be slipping through our fingers.
Fortunately, we both get to attend the Arizona City/County Managers Association conference next week, which will be a nice treat. The conference is held at Dove Mountain in Marana, so it will be cool and upscale. Our duties there are simple, so there’s not much pressure. The overall conference will be more of a learning and networking experience than anything else, which is good, because you have to make connections in this world to get through. This conference will be a good experience, and hopefully prepare us with a small taste of what we should expect at the League of Cities and Towns conference in August.
All projects aside from the booth and ACMA are moving forward well. My finance project should be wrapped up this week, which is great because it will free a lot more time to work on other tasks. I’m nearly through the Economic Development Plan that I’ve been reading, and am soon going to put pen to paper to form an outline, then make it a little more presentable by creating a template and fine-tuning the format.
Non-work related, you always have to be thinking about the next step. As an intern, I have no real job per se, and this internship ends pretty quickly. My resume has been updated with my experience here, and I have received much better feedback from employers. More possibilities have already opened, which is a plus. This internship, coupled with my master’s degree, should put me over the top, but you never know. So, we keep at it and hope for the best.
Happy Monsoon, everyone!
Heath Vescovi-Chiordi is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Arizona.