The Interns: In it to Win it

This week on The Interns, Planet X must present all of their hard work to HLK. They are taken on a rollercoaster of emotions as they make the final touches to their pitch and get ready for the big day.

 Unfortunately, Wes was out of town this week, but he left a lovely cardboard cutout to take his place. Although we've enjoyed our time with cardboard Wes, we can't wait to have real Wes back next week to make Planet X whole again!

Unfortunately, Wes was out of town this week, but he left a lovely cardboard cutout to take his place. Although we've enjoyed our time with cardboard Wes, we can't wait to have real Wes back next week to make Planet X whole again!

Read ahead to see if Planet X's hard work paid off or they crashed and burned in the process...

Jessica

First pitch...check! I thought it turned out amazing.  We have been working on this project for the past three weeks, and it has completely transformed since our practice pitch last week.  I cannot believe we are already halfway through this experience. We have all learned a lot and I have noticed all of us becoming more confident in our work.  I’m really happy with how everything turned out! Bring on project #2.

Wes

Hello,

I am out of the office until Monday, July 30th, at which time I will continue my weekly reflections. For questions regarding specific Wes matters, please direct questions to my following colleagues: Jessica Randall, Megan Estopare, Tony Peck, Paige Shymanski, Caroline Lowery.

Thank you,

Wes

Megan

I have to admit, I am extremely relieved that our first presentation is over. I am exceptionally impressed with the progress we have made since our first practice pitch. We came into this week with still so much to fix and work on. It got pretty hectic towards the end when we were making out final touches, but it was rewarding to hear the positive feedback after our pitch. Even though it was exciting to present our pitch, the highlight of my day was getting donuts! It also happened to be National Intern Day, which was a pleasant surprise. I can't wait to see where our next project takes us!

Tony

We made it through our first pitch! I am both relieved and overjoyed with how it went. Our mentors and many of the HLK staff members were present during our pitch delivery. For me, public speaking creates so much anxiety. I focused a lot on my body posture and the pacing of my vocal delivery. Mid-week I was going over my speaking portions and working myself into a frenzy over what could happen if I made a mistake. My fellow interns stepped in to encourage me and give me positive reinforcement to help me relax and build my confidence. I am so proud of what we were able to create and develop for this campaign. The professionalism displayed by my fellow interns was really something to watch and be a part of. Everyone did a really, really great job. The HLK staff gave us wonderful feedback and seemed really receptive to our ideas. Overall, this experience has been a complete adrenaline rush and very exciting.

Paige

Getting off this rollercoaster of a first project is surreal. I feel relieved that we made it through our first pitch without a hitch. We had practiced so much before but we were still really nervous going into the real pitch. The feedback from the pitch was really positive and helpful. I’m proud of my team’s work for doing such a large project in such a short amount of time successfully. Now to relax and clear our minds for a brand new project on Monday!

Caroline

What a whirlwind! Our first pitch was this morning and it was worlds better than our first practice pitch. The audience was engaged and so were all of us. Going into this project, it being our first project as interns, it was a little nerve wrecking and overwhelming. Despite, the nerves we were able to rise above the challenge and work together as a team to deliver a great pitch. I’m so thrilled with all of the work we did and how the pitch played out.

Now onto the next project!