The Intern Insider

February 16, 2012


Hey, there! I’m Sam Wada, one of the interns here at Roadtrip Nation. I’m in my senior year at Vanguard University studying film production and have been interning here for about five months. See, Mom, I’m using my major. Anyway, the best part of my entire year has been coming to work here at Roadtrip Nation.


Working in production is really fun. The whole team gets along and encourages one another to do their best work. Production, as well as the whole company, really makes the interns feel like we are part of the team. We get to actually work with the footage, which is a great experience. Since I’ve been here, the Production Department has been working on Season Nine of the public television series.


As an intern here, I get to work on a variety of essential tasks. Most of it is prep work for the editors, but sometimes I get to actually cut more important videos. As far as normal intern tasks go, so far I’ve logged footage, synced clips, captured tapes, assembled scenes, edited rough cuts of online videos, and made coffee. Okay, so I only made coffee for myself, but that still counts. Interns work closely with the editors, helping them find important footage and assisting with various other tasks.


Lately, I’ve been working on assembling web teasers. As you know, here at Roadtrip Nation, we film interviews with various Leaders. Those interviews are amazing and you should watch all of them but sometimes you don’t know who the Leader is. That’s where the web teasers come in. What I do is take the interview and then cut it down to a shorter time. I like to think of it as creating a movie trailer for the Leader’s interview. The shorter version whets your appetite for the whole interview and makes you want to watch the full thing. In about a minute, you’ve been exposed to the content of the interview and realized, “Wow! [Awesome Leader’s Name]’s interview is amazing. I need to watch that right now!”


While everyone works very hard at their jobs, we all still manage to find time to have fun at work. I’m going to let you in on a little secret that everyone always finds out about this place. Roadtrip Nation’s work atmosphere is one of the quirkiest that I have ever seen. People are routinely playing ping-pong or watching episodes of Bill Nye The Science Guy during lunch. When a lot of your job involves being on a computer, it is important to keep active. I’ve discovered that we here at Roadtrip Nation take that advice very seriously. Almost every day there is a group of us that plays foursquare during our lunch break. That’s right. Foursquare. It may be a game that was once limited to recess during school, but we are bringing it into the workplace. The competition is fierce, but we always come away from the games a little closer.


One of the best aspects of being employed here is that Roadtrip Nation is all about helping people find their paths. See, normally, I would be freaking out about life right now. Where am I going to go when I graduate? What am I going to do for the rest of my adult life? Should I take that job for the money or try to do what I love? But being a production intern here has given me new insights into life. Every day I come in to work, I’m surrounded by interviews with inspiring people. As I assist the editors in crafting the episodes and online content, I get to hear all the great advice that our Leaders give. During my time here, I’ve learned that it’s okay not to have my future all planned out. As someone who is about to graduate from college, that’s an incredibly helpful concept.


Being an intern at Roadtrip Nation is allowing me to develop my skills as an editor and solidifying my passion for filmmaking. Everyone here is so passionate about what they do that you can’t help but be inspired by them. This internship is absolutely one of the greatest experiences of my life.

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