Summer Internship Series #1

Our first internship post is from Victoria, MPP post grad 2014.

As a native of the New Jersey/New York area, the idea of spending a summer in the Midwest terrified me. Prior to my departure out west, Madison reminded me that although Kansas City was not New York City (and not by an ocean), it was still very much a city with restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and shopping. Accepting the fact that I was going to spend my summer in Kansas City was the moment I realized I was adding this city to the list of my adventures, and I knew I needed to embrace the experience.

What is there to do and see in Kansas City? Well, here are a few of the “fun facts” I have learned so far:

  • Kansas City is home to the best BBQ in the country.
  • It is home to the only national World War I museum.
  • Sprint and Hallmark Cards are headquartered here.
  • You can tour the Harley Davidson Factory.
  • Kansas City ignored the prohibition during the 1920s.
  • Kansas City is home to the largest maker of boxed chocolates in the world.

I have only been here for a little more than three weeks, but I can tell you there is a lot more to do here than I anticipated. Spoiler alert: the Batten motto, “Policy is everywhere, lead from anywhere” actually applies.

I am currently in Kansas City because I found my dream internship. After months of networking, submitting applications, and phone conversations, I landed a position with a Fortune 100 company, doing exactly what I came to Batten for — Corporate Social Responsibility. Although it was not an easy ride, I learned throughout the duration of my internship search that perseverance, dedication, and hard work do eventually pay off. I have the distinct pleasure of working with extremely talented and bright individuals. These women and men teach me something new every day, and ensure that I am getting the most out of my 10 weeks here.

So far, I have had the opportunity to explore multiple sides of this business, while also meeting with highly experienced and ranked professionals within the organization. Admittedly, there were times when I didn’t think I had chosen the right education to get me where I wanted to be. But, by the end of year 1 at Batten I realized that the skills I was learning in Garrett could and would help me anywhere as long as I tailored them specifically to what I wanted to do.

Kansas City has indeed been an adventure so far, but this ride is nowhere near over. I have met wonderful people, mentors, and friends, who I know will make this summer an adventure to remember. I have a little over 8 weeks left to visit a number of destinations including the Boulevard Brewing Company, The Roasterie, and Oklahoma Joe’s. I will keep you posted on how this adventure unravels, but I will let you know that apparently the best BBQ in the country is served out of a gas station…

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