Though I have thoroughly enjoyed my free time for my first week in Sydney, it was time to finally do the thing I came here to do: work. Monday, I met with my bosses at Bowls NSW, and we discussed what I would be doing throughout my six week internship. I am the Sports Development Intern, which means that I am helping develop the sport of bowls (I know, it’s tough to comprehend). There are many different challenges that face this department, and I will have to use my skills of adaptation to my advantage. My main project over the course of my internship will be to help create a handbook that gives all of the basics of the sport of bowls. They are excited for my input because I will be a fresh pair of eyes on this process. Overall, this should be a fun internship.
Even though my challenges seem lofty, my first week of work was more like dipping my toes into the pool instead of diving head first. On Tuesday, my bosses took me out to play a game of bowls because they assumed (correctly) that I had never played or seen a game in action. It was a lot of fun starting to get the basics down of the game, but I still have a long ways to go if I’m going to make a career out of it.
The next day was my first real day in the office. The office is located in the middle of downtown Sydney in a pretty crowded area of town. When I arrived to the office, my computer wasn’t working, so I couldn’t accomplish the tasks that I was given. We were told that I would be getting a computer that day, so I wasn’t too worried. But then it didn’t come. Since there wasn’t anything I could do at the office, I was sent home. Being a good worker though, I accomplished some of the tasks that I was given at home before giving myself a reward of a long nap like my father does. It’s nice to be a big boy.
Thursday was much better because there were bigger tasks that I was given, and I could use my laptop to do some research. And since I am only working Monday-Thursday, this was the end of my week.
My first week of work was a small taste of what there is to come, and I am getting anxious to dive right in to the more intense portions of my internship.
Posted on January 20th, 2013 by pkleinhans-schulz10
Filed under: Australia 2013, Paul Kleinhans-Schulz