Dear fellow Pinkston Group interns,
Last week, our summer internship at Pinkston Group officially drew to a close. I, for one, am quite sad. Even while typing this note, a solitary tear has trickled from my eye and splashed on the desk beneath me.
Yes, I am sad that our time together has ended. This was my third summer interning here. I’ve watched interns come and go. But, I can say without a doubt that this has been one of the most exciting, fulfilling, and friendly internship groups that I have seen here.
We've had some good times together, folks. I can remember one of the first lunches we ever spent together as an intern crew. We hardly knew each other's names at the time, but deep down inside we all understood that we were destined for friendship. Just look into Lindsey's solitary eye and Ben's pursed lips . . . if those features don't show you that this internship was bound for success, nothing will.
That was also the day that @PG_Interns Twitter account was born. Sure we only ended the summer with 8 followers, 6 of which were us. But just so it's clear, we gained two organic fans — Jas and Lauren — who are genuinely interested and invested in the content we're pumping out on a regular basis. 100 percent engagement? I call that a #success.
This incredible Twitter account was just one of our many, many successes over the course of the summer. I've listed a few others, in no particular order of awesomeness, below:
1. GIF Wars. Though they slowly faded into obscurity the last several months of the internship, I doubt any of us will forget the merciless battles we waged upon one another at the beginning of the year. Sure, there was always the risk of enduring an epic #GifFail, but nothing quite beat the rush of delivering a zinger at the perfect moment.
2. CNN Trip. Against all the odds (i.e. bad directions, traffic and Nikki's shoes) we made it to the CNN building on time for the tour and, if I might add, looking absolutely incredible.
"Ummm . . . was that Wolf Blitzer?"
3. Nationals Game. Despite the fact that our team suffered a heartbreaking loss and the $1 ice cream was a lie sent from the pits of hell, it was still quite a night.
4. Karaoke night. Even though Ben couldn't make it to the song-filled night of joy and excitement, I do believe he was with us in spirit. My oh my, what a night it was. From a tortured performance of "Ebony and Ivory" to the smooth dance moves of 'N Sync's biggest fans, I can say with absolute certainty that those four hours will be forever seared in my brain. If you're ever stressed out during finals week or just need a good laugh, just pull up this GIF and remember the sweet bliss of Karaoke night.
5. Intern video. Our final trip to downtown D.C. as an intern squad was certainly one of the most eventful. We experienced everything from sunburn to photobombers and we embraced every glorious minute of it. None of us have actually seen the final product . . . but I suspect it will turn out splendidly because you guys are some of the smartest people I know. Keep an eye on the Pinkston blog and Facebook page for the finished video.
Oh yes, we've all sipped from the cup of joy the past four months . . . but we've also endured some incredibly difficult trials together.
I remember the day Nathan finished a 5 star Sudoku in 10 minutes, nearly sending Knox and me down a terrible spiral of shame and depression.
I remember when Nikki set up her computer cord in kitchen as a trip-wire, nearly strangling our dear friend Peter to death.
How could we forget the moment of pure horror and dread we felt when Lindsey accidentally booked an interview with an alien-loving, conspiracy theorist radio host?
Then, of course, there was the time a bar stool was nearly crushed beneath my enormous girth and I, in terrible shame, had to be lifted from my crumbling perch by my coworkers.
And Ben: We will never forget the hours we spent staring at HipChat, waiting for an update on your wisdom teeth procedure and the potential nerve damage you may have received. Fortunately, you came through it OK.
I'll also note that we were collectively heartbroken as an office when we realized that PG intern t-shirts were not going to become a thing . . . but we're not at all bitter, Nikki.
Alas, those were dark days, dark days indeed. But we persevered. We battled immense amounts of homework, long commutes, Sudoku failures, coffee shortages, the Updated Master Radio List, junk food weight gain, exhaustion, bad phone calls, sunburn, Chromebooks, Google Cloud Print, and so much more.
They say the hottest fires make the strongest steel and we've endured some dangerously hot fires together. Perhaps that is what makes our friendship so special.
At the end of the day, all I can say is thank you.
The amount of time and energy you all have put into this company is incredible. I can't tell you how many times I've logged onto my Gmail at 8 or 9 PM to see at least one or two of you working overtime, knocking out projects like professionals.
I can tell you, however, that your tirelessness and willingness to get involved hasn't gone unnoticed. I've talked with several account coordinators and partners (aka my dad) who have been incredibly impressed at your work ethic and dedication. This has been the best set of interns in the history of Pinkston Group and it's all because of you! You guys have seriously brought a ton a value and made a huge impact on this company.
I like to think that, after we leave, our absence will leave all the account coordinators wandering around the office like:
It's never a bad time for a Les Miserables reference. #AmIRite
I hope the end of your summer is as awesome as the beginning and the middle. I hope you have safe travels back to school and an incredible fall semester. Talk to you soon!
P.S. After much debate and a few punches to the arm, we've finally decided on the intern superlatives. I hope you enjoy them. If you don't . . . it was Knox's idea.
Lindsey - Most likely to evangelize Rand Paul
Ben - The pro in prose
Nikki - Subject line queen
Knox - Most likely to kill before coffee
Wesley - Most likely to compliment himself
Wesley Fouse is an intern at the Pinkston Group and student at Liberty University. Follow Wesley on Twitter @Wesley_Fouse