I arrived to Washington DC last Monday at 6:30 am. I faced a couple of problems getting to the dorms and the solution was taking a cab. Once I got there they told me that you can not enter the building until 3 PM that is registration time, so I went to the monuments until 3 pm when they issued me the key. During this period of time I went to visit the place where I was going to work, just to make sure I knew exactly where it was. I advice everyone to do this the day before they go to work because rush hours and mornings are a problem.
The dorms were in acceptable conditions, although really disorganized in furniture which was not a big deal, 5 min of organizing and that was it. I made myself comfortable unpacked and run outside to catch the CVS that closes at around 5:30 or 6:00. When they told me that business close early I did not think it was that early. To my surprise Cerere was in the dorms too, so I was not the only one in the building. I went to sleep early because Tuesday was my first day at SEA (Scientist and Engineers For America) and I did not want to be late.
I got to the location at around 8:30 and met with the president of the Organization at round 8:50. She showed me where I was going to be working and with who. I met the rest of the staff and I had to admit that I did not feel that comfortable until we went to lunch. At lunch we did not only talked about the organization but also about literature, politics and art. Of course we talked about new ways to market the organization and we came up with new ideas. After lunch I felt much more comfortable and started to read about the tech aspect of the organization. No body left before 6:30 pm, and that is the schedule.
The next day I started getting used to the day to day routine in keeping the website up as well helping Lesley Stone, the president, to come up with new ideas to be implemented in the website. As previous interns said, people working in the office won’t tell you what to do, so you have to volunteer in a cordial way to do their work. I asked my supervisor to help him manage the website, and to do so I had to learn languages for coding which I learn in two days. After that I got used to the day to day routine, but I am still learning. The first weeks will be a learning period until I get comfortable doing the day to day stuff and create a new way of doing it that would be more efficient.
I want to create a change in the organization, but before that I need to master the basics which I plan to do in the first couple of weeks and move on to the new project to improve the organization.
This is my first blog, I would only do 1 instead of two because it seems this is a long one. I have not posted any entries before because Cerere and I had a problem with wordpress and emailing. From now on I will put at least two post a week and they won’t be this long guys, sorry for making you read this much.:D