Intern Update: Covering Events in Real Time

The most exciting part of the career I’m building is knowing that my office may move with me. I never want to be stuck to a routine schedule or bound by the dull walls of an office cubicle. I’m willing to do whatever it takes to complete my assignments, but I crave change like it’s my second job. This internship has given me a great idea of what I may do when I finally enter the workforce after college.

This month, I’ve worked from the office, from home, from coffee shops, and had even more opportunities to travel to off-site locations to cover events. The constant movement is very refreshing, and I’m gaining an even bigger appreciation for meeting and working with new people everywhere I go.

In the beginning of the month, I had the opportunity to cover Trocaire’s Kid’s Culinary Camp hosted in the teaching kitchen at our Transit location. Hospitality instructor and chef Anne Piorkowski guided 10 students between the ages of 8-12 through a three-course meal, making a tomato soup, a berry compote, and brownies all from scratch. I observed, took photos, and uploaded shots to the Facebook account while I was there. This was a particularly fun event for me because I work with children outside of my internship. Their enthusiasm was contagious.

In the latter half of July, I had one very busy morning covering two events for Trocaire. On July 26, I began my morning at ECMC for the Trocaire Travels event taking photographs of and networking with alumni from 6:30-9:30 a.m. Then, I made my way over to the main campus to cover the Career Exploration Day, a day of tours and academic workshops for prospective students.

My final assignment of July was to cover the announcement of Trocaire’s 1.8 Million Dollar Grant for Nursing Workforce Diversity. Here, I collected shots of every speaker and the crowd eager to hear the news. Some of those speaking were: Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Tim Kennedy, Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown, Trocaire Dean of Nursing Catherine Griswold and Trocaire President Bassam Deeb.

It felt great to be trusted covering such an exciting announcement for the college. With news crews and other photographers front and center, I was challenged to move around to get my desired shots and distribute them to the department with a quick turn-around. The photos turned out great, and the mayor told me that he had his first internship with Trocaire’s Public Relations Department too!

I look forward to my last few weeks here in August. I’ll finish my internship with a presentation of my findings from an ongoing online engagement analysis with Institutional Advancement. I’ll be identifying trends and suggesting new content ideas from the perspective of a current college student. Time is moving so quickly, I don’t want my time here to end!

By Tierney McGilvray