Hello, dear readers! NSBE Pro-PDX is excited to announce the very first two interns to temporarily join the team. As one of these interns, I’d love to share the story of my internship experience at NSBE alongside my fellow intern, Eric Stratton.
My journey to Epicodus and NSBE started back at the outbreak of the coronavirus in March 2020. I was settling into a new role as Bar & Venue Manager for a (wonderful) local catering company after many years on the leadership side of the hospitality industry, when of course covid happened, and my job very quickly disappeared. I loved my work in hospitality, but I had already been wondering how I wanted to grow in my career next, even before the pandemic started. I had had some experience in web development years prior at a job I held for a company that worked to increase levels of technology for schools, and had taken on web design roles for several volunteer organizations I was a part of in college. I had also done some graphic design work for social media marketing for various hospitality projects over the years, and had taken some course in GIS (geographic information systems), and knew that the interest for development was there. Once we were several months into the outbreak, I realized there was no feasible way to go back to hospitality for me, at least not in the full-time capacity I had been doing. The time for reinvention had come.