The Intern That Would Never Leave Posted on May 10, 2017 By Jessica Schultz The Pod and I have a lot in common: we share the same birthday, we love puns, and we have both grown a lot over the past year and a half. My time at The Pod will be something I never forget. In the days leading up to the start of my internship, I had no idea what to expect. Only after stalking The Pod’s blog and seeing how great of an experience the other peas had, was I able to gain some sense of relief. What I could never predict was how quickly I was thrown into real work. My first day, I was asked to make an animation for their fifth year anniversary. Almost immediately, I began to doubt my animation skills, but in that same moment I learned the motivational super powers of Kristin Bass-Petersen. Her positivity would go on to become a driving force for my growth at The Pod. Unfortunately, the animation was never finished and is floating somewhere in the Pod’s computer-sphere, but fortunately, I had gained an amazing mentor. I am forever the luckiest intern for getting to have her as my mentor.Throughout the semester, I worked on various projects ranging from client videos to elaborate stop motions, highlighting the life of a pea-shaped plush toy. I was also lucky enough to be included in the famous CoLab panorama. I’m the one on the right, happily pouring a cup of coffee. What I loved most were the PEAple. It may have been close quarters at first, but it allowed me to get to know everyone’s PEAsonalities. Did I mention the many hours spent bonding over glasses of wine? As the spring semester neared its end, I knew that I was not ready to leave.There were some major changes about to happen, and I wanted to be a part of them. It was also in those last few weeks that I had really started to gain confidence in my abilities and I knew I would never be able to find another place like this. So I came back for the summer, and got to witness many milestones for The Pod, including the opening of CoLab @ the Pod. I also got a chance to redeem my animation abilities in the Summer Podbuster series, what I consider to be my biggest accomplishment. I went from taking weeks to finish a video, to being able to finish one in a few days. To top it all off, we won a student addy award for the series. One would think two semesters was enough for an internship, but not for this gal. Come fall, and I was still not ready to leave. Fall was filled with many more projects and memories, but most importantly, growth. The Pod was taking on more clients, CoLab was introducing new members, and I was improving my production skills. I am now in my last semester with The Pod. I feel so lucky to have been able to witness The Pod grow as much as it has. I have so much to thank them for, that it would take another blog post just to get through it. They taught me valuable lessons I could never learn in the classroom, and introduced me to some great friends. Most importantly, The Pod gave me the confidence I needed to take on the adult world. I now have an arsenal full of pea puns and skills ready to take on my next adventures in life. Thank you, The Pod, for everything.