My name is Caitlin Kaluza. I am a senior Marketing major at Texas A&M University, and a current RD2 intern.
Iâ€™ll never forget my first first day at RD2 last winter. Here I was, a scared intern who only half knew what she was getting herself into. The people seemed nice enough, and I seemed to know what I was doing enough to convince them I was worth paying more than minimum wage.
My first assignment came because, as is often the case, everyone else was busy. They needed a voice to read a script for a flash piece for a client. It was simply to gauge timing, nothing intense. So, after a brief round of introductions and about 20 minutes at my desk, I was handed a laptop and a typed script and told â€œIt doesnâ€™t really matter if you jumble the wordsâ€¦ just keep going so we can get the general gist.â€?
I was also instructed that the best acoustics were under the massive conference room table.
I was more than a little uncomfortable, and hoped that crawling under the structure and closing the door would leave me unheard and unseen from the rest of the office. Crouched under the table and thanking God that I had not worn a skirt that day, I started work at the most enjoyable job I have ever held.
My first last day came at the end of the 2006 winter break. I was presented a cookie cake with a very formal icing graphic of a foot kicking a soccer ball and the word â€œGOOOOOOOOOOAL!!â€? across the top. It seems this is the design that provided the most icing surface area, and I more than appreciated the gesture. A quick hug from a few team members (and some mockery from others for said hugs) later and I was out the door.
Now Iâ€™m back, interning for the summer and ready for a new set of challenges and odd stories to share.