Even though my mind is wondering (and maybe stressing out) about future career plans, I am having an incredible time with my internship. At the moment I have shifted away from marketing Science ’44 Co-op and the Brock Street Bed and Breakfast, to focus on the other part of my internship; planning the annual OSCA event.
OSCA (Ontario Student Co-operative Association) is made up of 5 (soon to be 6) student housing co-operatives, including the Guelph campus that we were able to visit back in March. At the moment (and what seems to be permanent) I am the lead director for the event. As of today I have visited and booked our hotel and conference venue, as well as the Saturday night entertainment (booze cruise) for over 60 people. I am currently looking into bringing in speakers as well as sponsors for our event, so don’t be too surprised if some of you get an email from me in the near future about getting your co-op involved.
As my first real lead of an event, I am extremely excited and nervous to see how it is going to all work out.
I am extremely lucky to have obtained an internship that allows me to develop and practice the skills and gain the experience that I want to be able to display on my resume. Now that my event coordinating has begun and my first website is out of the way, I am able to schedule out my days to not only organizing the annual event, but also to work on those extra projects that will help me obtain that next job.
When I accepted my internship I was warned about the conference and as a part of my contract to Science ’44 co-op, was asked to stay on until the conference was complete. To my luck (and persuasiveness) the conference is being held the second last weekend of October which gives me an extra month of a secure position. Recently some exciting news came our way about a baby co-oper. Our member service coordinator, and former CIEP intern, Dawn Pike is expecting her first baby later this year. She will be leaving Science ’44 Co-op to begin maternity leave after the OSCA conference, and I have been fortunate enough to be asked to “replace” her while she is away. (I say “replace” because she is incredible at her job and is leaving some pretty big shoes to fill) This opportunity will allow for some additional breathing room with finding a new job, as well as allowing to me to stay on a few extra months to watch my marketing and advertising plans come to life.
I am always going to be thinking about what’s next to come career wise, but it’s fantastic to know that I have a little extra time with a job I really love.