Abandoned Girl Scout Camps, Donuts, and Burning Buildings: Interning at Myriad Media

Posted by Sam on September 12, 2014

“Well, that about does her. Wraps her all up.”

Yes, it does.

I’ve been thinking about this blog post for a while, trying to come up with the best way to summarize the past three months.

Yeah. Three months.

It’s been three months since old Sam here strapped on his internship helmet, squeezed down into the cannon, and fired off into internship land. I’ve got to say, I landed a pretty sweet gig here on S. Salisbury St.

I’m not going to lie, I was really nervous during my interview. I had researched the company, read the bios, and watched the reel, but it wasn’t until I stepped inside the office that it occurred to me, I’m going to be super bummed for a few months if this doesn’t pan out.

Thankfully, it did. I could not have landed in a nicer, kinder, more fun group of people.

So, what have I been doing, and how can you, future interns, get the most out of this experience? What does Spike’s beard look like up close? How’s the coffee? Is that compostable or is it recyclable? Is it both? How many weird people walk by the front window on an average day? What is a good beer/hairstyle pun?

These are all important questions. Let’s get started.

First and foremost, this internship wasn’t the best. It was the “best-est” (see video, below). Much like cousin Oliver on the Brady Bunch, I was welcomed into the Myriad family with open arms, even if it was only for a short amount of time.  According to the internship guidelines, I was supposed to show up for 2-3 days a week.  But, why limit myself? If I could only be here for the summer, then I was definitely going to be here as frequently as possible. Besides, there was always something for me to do.

This internship is what you make of it. If you’re selected to intern here, it’s because the people at Myriad want you to learn and grow. So, go say hello, meet the people that work here, and find out what they are working on. But most of all, ask them if they need help. If I can impart one piece of wisdom to help you get the most out of this experience, it’s to put yourself out there and offer to assist. You never know what kind of projects you’ll be asked to help on.

For me, this meant being on the creative development team for a project that involved spending the night at a former Girl Scout Camp tucked deep within the Blue Ridge mountains, helping to write a training video script about a burning building, and making Brent pluck donut crumbs from Spike’s beard—which, to answer the question posed earlier, is majestic up close.

As for the other questions, well: The coffee is delicious (trust Will, drink it black), Molly will let you know if it’s compostable or recyclable, 34 weird people walk by the window on any given day, and the best beer/hairstyle pun I can come up with right now is Fu Manbrew, but I don’t think that’ll land on any of Tony’s homebrew bottles.

Thinking back on this whole experience, I realize that I had a good time with every single person at Myriad. I’ve shared a laugh with each one.

While I am at the end of my time as an intern at Myriad, I’m glad to say that I’ll be sticking around for the next few months as a contractor.

So thank you Tony, Marshall, Marisa, Asit, Kent, Shawn, Will, Daniel, Chris, Malia, Scott, Ryan, Tina, Drew, Spike, Molly, Ricardo, Alysse, and Brent! It truly was the best-est.

Oh, I almost forgot.  Here’s my final internship video. It’s a short comedy sketch called Office Mates, and it stars Brent and Spike. I had a lot of fun making it and while it is a little rough around the edges, I hope you’ll get a kick out of it.

I’ll be posting a follow-up blog with a full breakdown of some of the things I learned while working on this project, as well as a blooper reel.

Until then…

“Things seem to have worked out pretty good for the Dude and Walter, and it was a pretty good story, don’t ya think?”