Hey DEN! It’s Lily and Connor– Discovery Education’s first high school interns! We’re seniors at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia and are currently in our first week of Senior Seminar. Basically, we’re having our first taste of the real world. For three weeks we’ll be interning at DE’s headquarters in Silver Spring, in hopes of giving DE another student voice. While most of our friends have the typical “coffee runs and paper filing” jobs, we landed an internship with our own desks, emails, and even phone extensions. Now we’re hard at work with our first project, giving y’all our perspective of what’s really going on behind the scenes. Over the next several weeks, we’ll be posting blogs introducing staff members for you to get to know.
First, let us introduce ourselves:
Lily – Originally from NYC, I opened myself up to a new world by attending Episcopal, a prominently southern school. At first, I experienced some culture shock, but since then I’ve accumulated about ten new parents and a habit of saying y’all (even though it still doesn’t sound natural to me). My favorite class is French, I love organization, and I’ll never pass up the opportunity to travel.
Connor – Born and raised as a Carolina girl, I’ve lived in Charlotte my whole life and followed in my dad’s footsteps by heading to Episcopal. Ironically, or maybe not so, I’d never been above the Mason Dixon line until I became friends with Lily. I love tradition, this summer will be my eighth year at camp, and as nerdy as it may be, I find comfort in math.
Obviously, we’re both familiar with Discovery Channel, but we’ve never used DE’s programs. We’re embarrassed to say we’ve only used simple technology, such as PowerPoint, so when it comes to Animoto, we’re inexperienced. While interning, we’ll have the opportunity to explore programs that DE promotes for learning.
It’s our third day at what we now call work, and everything is pretty surreal. Not only did we get a chance to raid the supply closet and deck ourselves out with Discovery gear, but we’re excited about serving as a liaison between DE and its students and teachers around the world. While y’all sit in classrooms across the country, we’re sitting in the place that makes digital magic for you to use. We’re here to try and help give insight to you readers about the inner-workings and creative minds behind the DE curtains. So check out our blog next week on our first staff member!