Hello, I’m Jiyeon Go, a new intern from South Korea.
I came here to improve my English and experience the American culture & business.
I’m responsible for project management. I assist general tasks, but make more efforts to contact speakers and mange social media for Better Futures. It has been about one month since I started to work.
On my first week of work, I, Michael and Fabio successfully held our Better Futures event: The StarFleet Enterprise on April 1+2. I worked as an speaker coordinator who helped speakers on board.
Specifically, I contacted with speakers to make them complete Speaker Portal and sent Speaker Note.
It was pleasure to communicate with leading speakers. Thanks to the stories, which speakers shared, I could know there are lots of efforts for better lives on the space. It was fun to learn new knowledge that broadens my world. I can not wait the next event! I will try hard so that the more public can know these interesting stories.
As part of the event promotion, I will publish newsletters for LiftPort Group and Better Futures and upload posts on social media. Actually I already sent a newsletter for Better Futures last friday. My goal is to increase the number of clicks with more attractive topics and convenient UX. Regarding the social media, I will turn notable space news into captivating posts for the public. Therefore, I want to make them interested in our event series. There will be trial and error, but I believe it will be improved and bring good results.
To talk about things outside of work, our team strengthens members’ solidarity by having Pizza Tuesday. I am quite satisfied both at work and outside of work. I hope everythings goes well as it is.
It has been almost a month since I got here, to the USA.
I was VERY nervous and scared when I first arrived at Seattle Airport. My first impression of the city was 'grim.' Other Westies were uploading Airport pictures from Los Angeles and San Diego. I was kind of expecting that, but Seattle was just - meh. It was cold, rainy and cloudy, no shiny buildings, no beaches. Clearly weather was not boosting my mood, and my one-week stay at Airbnb was horror stories.
It took a while for me to loosen up the guards. Ji Yeon, my co-worker who arrived a week earlier from Korea, was a silver lining. She showed me local areas, helped me make a bus card, let me have a sleepover in her room, and much more. So, it makes sense to say her presence calmed my nerves. With her, I started to see the city with fresh eyes. Slowly, weather was getting better too. Things were not as same as in Korea, and I learned how to find the fun out of it. Looking other people's gardens was fun, so was the grocery shopping. Way to cross the road was different(pressing buttons?). Poor public transportation and casual weed smell in the streets were shocking. My roommate took me to casino, and the other day, I enjoyed little bonfire with other roommates. It was exciting to learn new things and norms because they were new!
Michael, and his company, Liftport was new encounter, too. It's a small, struggling company in a messy office. I am NOT complaining here because there are clear advantages in doing internship in the small company like this. Usually interns do not get to get the opportunity to be involved. Michael was different. I had a rare chance to speak to the CEO directly, make suggestions, and see the change making an impact right away.
I am excited to learn new skills and challenge myself. I wish to contribute to this company in some way until my internship ends.