It’s a highly selective program – both for students and for government agencies. After an intense, months-long process of putting together internship proposals and interviewing candidates, we were matched with a terrific grad student (pictured with me, above) to help the content effort for our intranet redesign project. It turned out to be a great partnership, and I’m sad our intern’s tenure is coming to a close on Friday.
My formal invitation to the reception
The highlight of the internship program is a reception hosted by the governor at the Executive Mansion. This year, interns and supervisors were welcomed with cookies and cold drinks on a blistering hot day, and we were treated to an address by Governor Pat McCrory as he stood on the staircase of his home. He touched on his previous internship experience, the importance of public service, and a brief tour of the mansion.
The governor prepares to address the interns
Our intern definitely deserved such an honor for his hard work and achievements, and I’m sure the other interns are equally as deserving! It was a pleasure to take part in this year’s program – and a real treat to have my first visit to the Executive Mansion with the governor himself as the guide.
Check out the Governor’s Office’s coverage of the event:
I recently took a tour of N.C. State University’s brand new Hunt Library with the N.C. Association of Government Information Officers (NCAGIO). The technology, innovation, and design of this library blew me away.
We started at the BookBot: a several-story tall, automated storage and retrieval system that holds most of the library’s inventory. Then, on the main floor, the circulation desk has been replaced by an Apple Store-like “Ask Me” alcove, where students can borrow everything from flash drives to laptops to storage lockers. Throughout the building, the architecture and furniture work together to create a simple yet high-tech atmosphere. The walls near stairs, elevators, and bathrooms are color-coded for easy findability; and group study rooms, media rooms, a video game laboratory, and 360-degree customizable galleries are all outfitted with the latest technology. A 3D printing lab is even available for students to design and create 3D models. Built through state funds and private donations, the Hunt Library is on the cutting edge and will serve as a cornerstone of student life on Centennial Campus.
The best part is that the library is open to the public (hours), with free tours each week. Definitely go check it out!
In the wake of the large tornado that swept through Raleigh recently, I used one of my Viget-sponsored “community service days” to volunteer at the Salvation Army of Wake County. I spent the day collecting and sorting donations, which involved a lot of heavy lifting!
The donations were really rolling in. It’s amazing to see how much people care about each other and want to help — but it’s also amazing to see just how much stuff we have!
Here’s the giant mound of bags upon bags of clothing donations.
And here it is from above. Impressive!
A WRAL reporter and photographer were there to document the experience. I was able to escape the camera for the most part, but here’s the story:
I spent my last community service day helping the Ronald McDonald House of Durham, and my friends and I spent a day helping the Basic Needs Ministry in Garner not too long ago. Hopefully I’ll have a few more chances soon to keep helping out around the community!