Friday, July 1, 2011

Week the Thirteenth

Week thirteen of my internship has been a change of pace. For the past three months, we've been slowly making headway on the NFA project (with the occasional start and stop and change of direction), but this past week marked a high-water point: we got busy.

Three of the interns with whom I have been working for the past few months graduated this week, and so we brought on three new interns to replace them. We got the chance to sit down with them, bring them up to speed, and help start working on parts of the project. That part, I expected coming in this week. The part that was a little bit more of a surprise was that we brought in a little more than ten other new people on the project. The vast majority of those were art interns who'll be working on the project full-time (as their classes permit), and it's really interesting - and a notable change - to see eight artists working with us in our lab. Everything is much, much busier-feeling. We also brought in a pair of new part-time master's interns and a quartet of new part-time development interns.

To top that all off, we got another course correction in terms of project direction, and while this was a little more expected, it still feels a lot like starting a new project. It is both interesting on the one hand, because we are moving closer to the real-life realism level that I'd prefer for a project like this, and challenging on the other, because we have to set the course for a whole slew of people who may not be as self-directing as our previous team was (which is to be expected, given that we are working with substantially more students as resources this time).

All in all, I think it'll be a lot of fun - since I've had a few months of experience with the project, I do feel truly capable to lead this group. I'm glad for the continual changes in pace; they can only be a boon in the end.

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