Meet the New Thurber House Intern!October 15, 2009
One year ago, I was told that I must begin searching for an internship at a non-profit organization that would begin my sophomore year at Columbus Alternative High School. As an impatient and scatter-brained fourteen year old girl who wasn’t fond of school and who was stuck in an “I-have-a-problem-with-authority” phase, the thought of choosing a single place to spend every Wednesday for the entire school year made me want to vomit. I asked my internship coordinator where to start and (not being the most competent choice for the position) she simply responded by thrusting a list of non-profit organizations at me. I stared back blankly at her, not sure what to do with it.
“I don’t care. Just pick one,” she said. “Something that interests you, I suppose.” Something that interests me? Okay, let me explain something. You know the kid that sits in the front of the class, turns in all their homework on time, is loved by every teacher, and brings home report cards as shiny and clean as a bar of Dove? Well, that kid isn’t me. I’m more likely to be found sitting in the back of the classroom, doodling a cartoon of my math teacher instead of taking notes, and then serving a detention for it after he catches me. So unless there was an internship site dealing with deliberately aggravating teachers for the sole purpose of entertainment, I didn’t feel like I was going to find something that “interested me”.
I scanned the list carefully, looking for something….anything. Nursing? No. Statistics? Absolutely not. Engineering? I’ll pass. Then I came across something on the list called “Thurber House.” Not knowing what in Sam Hill that was, I asked my trusty friend Google and found the answer. To my relief, I had finally found something on the list that didn’t seem to scream, “Come intern here if you’re looking to die of boredom!” Knowing that, I applied for an internship at Thurber House immediately.
Now, one year later, it is my first day on the “job”. (It’s not really a job since it’s technically volunteer work, but you get my drift.) As a student interested in comedic screenwriting, I have a great appreciation for the emphasis that Thurber House puts on humor in writing, and the abundance of junk food and exciting ghost stories don’t hurt either. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to spend Wednesdays here. I’ve only been here a few hours and my horizons have already been broadened by a plethora of knowledge about Mr. James Thurber and his imaginative silliness. My future at Thurber House looks bright, and I can’t wait to keep coming back every week.