What it’s really like working as an intern at the State Fair

As the year comes to a close, so does my time with the N.C. Department of Agriculture. I still have winter break to look forward to, but holiday treats just can’t compare to the seeing the joy of fairgoers munching on turkey legs and deep-fried pumpkin pie. My time as an intern has been unforgettable. Over the summer, I was thrilled to spend my days interviewing ice cream shop owners, beekeeping entrepreneurs, Montagnard staff members and competition winners. In fact, my favorite part about my daily work at the department was getting to meet so many different people that all…

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Intern check-in

With the help of the Deep Fried crew, I’ve already checked several things off of my Internship To-Do List. In case you’re wondering if all I ever do is write Weekend Updates, I’m glad to tell you no; there are many other things I’ve worked on this summer. Blog: One of my responsibilities has been writing posts for this blog. Many of the Weekend Updates have my name signed to them, but I’m also working on a series of posts about contests and concerts at the 2013 State Fair. News Releases: A lot of the announcements that have been made…

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New kid on the blog

As a rising senior, and hopeful public relations practitioner, I have had my fair share of internship experiences. Each experience has initially been marked by that “first-day-of-kindergarten,” anxious feeling. My first day working with the N.C. State Fair was no different. However, unlike my past experiences, my first day of work took place at the Got to Be NC Festival. My nerves were immediately calmed when my first work assignment involved strolling around the Carolina Fiberfest exhibit, watching an antique tractor parade, feeding alpacas and photographing lawn mower races. Yup, my thoughts exactly—I have the best summer internship by far….

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Bearded Lady says goodbye…for now

  For the past 10 weeks I have had the opportunity to intern with the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services through the North Carolina Youth Advocacy and Involvement Office’s internship program. I was one of 100 college students offered a summer position, and I feel fortunate to have made the cut. In this short time, I interviewed a rockin’ eco hero and a horse complex manager; I saw grown men chug milk and identified a former commodity queen; I covered Blueberry Day and Peach Day; and I discussed how social media is becoming a larger force in all our lives. I…

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First Week

This week is my first week working with the N.C. State Fair. I’m excited about the opportunity, and to be honest, a little nervous. The phrase “no pressure” has ended most sentences instead of a punctuation mark. You were selected from 714 applicants (no pressure) You are our first male intern (no pressure) Your first blog post is due at the end of this week (no pressure) I thought I would start by sharing a little bit about my home for the next 10 weeks. I imagine some of you think, as I did, that all the behind-the-scenes magic of…

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