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Fast times at Proctors

Taking on a summer internship can be a daunting task. Although as a college student I’ve reached an age at which I realize that carefree summers are long gone, a small part of me was still reluctant to surrender my entire break to Proctors.

Yet, I knew the opportunity that was being presented to me was one that doesn’t come along often. That and the idea of being a janitor all summer wasn’t an appealing alternative.

And so, with conflicted eagerness I ventured into the unknown and began my internship at Proctors in late May. I arrived knowing only that I would be working under Jessica Gelarden, the education program manager at Proctors, to assist with marketing and public relations for the Proctors Education department. Little did I know I would be experiencing the summer as never before.

As I sit here at my desk reflecting on the past few weeks in this non-profit enterprise, I realize how lucky I am to have a desk or even a computer to type up this blog that you’re now reading (or clicking away from). I’ve yet to be sent on a coffee run, or asked to fetch dry cleaning, but I’ve been invited to more meetings, luncheons, and conferences than any intern should be allowed. I’ve also had the opportunity to write several press releases about initiatives at Proctors; both include my name – something that will come in handy as part of a future resume package.

Most importantly, I’ve had the good fortune of learning and working with some of the great people that plug away tirelessly to keep Proctors running like a well-oiled machine. As I’ve experienced it first-hand, this is no small feat.

I’m grateful to Proctors CEO Phillip Morris and the entire Proctors staff for allowing me a glimpse into the inner workings of cubeland (a term we use to define the open space in which we work; even Philip Morris sits with us in this open area, designed to streamline communication -– or not). Above all, I feel honored to be part of the Proctors team -– if only for a summer.

I’d like to extend a special thanks to Jessica Gelarden, Thom O’Connor, Sara Hill and Tim Walton for being my chief mentors during my time here. I appreciate their collective insights, tips and wisdom, and for helping to make this internship not only a great learning experience, but an unforgettable one.

The great Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

To me, this quote effectively sums up my stay at Proctors. Time has gone by in a flurry of activity, and I’m hard-pressed to recall a dull moment since my first day as an intern, passing under that golden marquee at Proctors.

Proctors summer intern Jared Schadewald is a senior at the College of Saint Rose. He plans to pursue a career in communications.

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