By Jamie Zabludowski
It’s Monday morning, 10:00 am, and the door of our office is open with 6 out of 9 of our interns in our 7×11 foot office. There are 5 desks, 5 computers, a laptop, a filing cabinet, a handful of different cameras, video cameras, tripods etc. So how many interns can you fit in the office? Who knows! We just keep piling them in!
Over the 5 months I have been working with BTS communications, we have gone from 4 interns to close to 10. We do everything, from copywriting and blogging to video, social media, and graphic design. All of us in the office are or have been residents of Beit T’Shuvah, so one thing we make sure to practice every day is patience and tolerance.
Whose turn is it to use the computer? That’s one of my battles I struggle with everyday. I work 9-5 Monday-Friday, and because there are twice as many interns as there are computers, we alternate our time. Which project has priority? As an addict/alcoholic, each of us immediately thinks that we have the most important job, but as this office is about patience and tolerance, we just have to repeat this mantra to ourselves daily.
There are some days where there are no ins and outs, due to clutter and losing our train of thought with whatever project an intern may be working on. The life of a BTS Communications intern is stressful, but well worth it. Since getting this internship I have learned the inner workings of a business growing from the ground floor up, and how to be a part of it. I have learned things like the creation of a business, correct work ethic, I am even learning graphic design and video editing. Not bad for somebody who came to California with nothing, after living on the streets in Florida, . I didn’t know what my purpose was in life. The only thing I knew how to do was to get high, and now I know a lot more, thanks to becoming apart of this well-oiled machine known as BTS Communications.
BTS Communications is a thriving business working with outside clients as well as different Beit T’Shuvah departments. Every morning we get the same comments if our door (which is next to the bustling counseling office) is open, “How many clowns can you fit in a clown car?” Our first response is to shut the door. However, we have more class than that in our 7×11 foot office. So, future BTS Communications interns… how does that make you feel?