Internship: Month 1 (It's a Long 'un!)

Holy Magilla Gorilla, has it already been a month? It seems that way, but my journey to this internship began a whole month and a half ago. HUGE difference. I started following Ethan (resident community manager) on Twitter a few months back and I saw an update on his for an internship at the Whiskey Media Offices. Now, I'd applied for such an internship when it got posted on the actual forums a few months ago, but had heard nothing back. I figured "Oh well, it was a longshot anyway" and promptly forgot about it. Until I saw that Twitter post and sent Ethan a PM. Thus did the ball begin to roll and an interview was scheduled. I wore the only tie that I own and suited up to make the best impression I possibly could. I also borrowed my roommate's peacoat because the nicest coat I own is a leather jacket.

 Editor's Row
The interview went exceptionally well, though I only knew that in retrospect because HEY! Here I am. It started with Ethan asking me a few questions about certain things I'd do if I got hired, what my interest in the Whiskey Sites was, how long I'd been a fan, etc. I had a hard time with that "stuff I'd do if I got hired" part, but the interview continued. Phase 1 done with, I then met Whiskey Media marketing mastermind Daniel, who was certainly more...casual, I'll say, in his approach. His approach was more of a "Hey! How are ya? Who are ya?" He was accompanied by ComicVine maven Tony and Screened senior puppy correspondent Rorie, the latter of whom I'd actually met outside the office a couple of times. They ran me through a gauntlet of some of the best, most strange, interview questions I've ever been asked. It was also ridiculously stressful because I've been in the workforce for about a decade now, and I'm really, really good at job interviews because they're mostly the same thing regardless of where you go. A job interview at most places amounts to "how well can you answer these questions that we got out of a management book that was written twenty years ago for use in high-rise office buildings?" This wasn't like that at aaaaaaall. These were questions that were so well integrated into the interview I wasn't sure if I was just shooting the shit, or if I was actually being interviewed anymore. I'm still not entirely sure which was what. There was also a tour of the whole office sectioned out in the interview, and I was asked to stick around and meet the office dog Chloe, who is adorable as long as you approach her the right way. I also got to watch Tested record a segment, and it’s crazy to watch those crazy videos actually get filmed. Again, it’s not like what my preconceived notions were like at all, it takes a lot of professionalism to look that casual and funny. In any event, I was called in to moderate a TNT chat (MKvsDCU) and apparently I did well enough to earn a job offer. Which was met with utter jubilation on my part, of course.

My workspace complete with coffee.
Day 1 was pretty standard first day stuff, except that I was suddenly surrounded by people I’ve watched and respected for close to a decade, but they were all pretty laid-back, which was good because I was a powder keg of nervous energy. My primary go-to people were still Ethan, Daniel and Melissa, who handles a lot of the logistics for the office and control room, because here's something that a lot of people may not get just by perusing the sites: the Whiskey Media editors and engineers are BASICALLY working constantly. I’ve never been so surrounded by people who start working the moment they come in and don’t stop until they leave. Don’t get me wrong, they still chat and whatnot, but it’s almost always WHILE they’re sitting at their computers typing away. Or filming. Or playing a videogame FOR filming or reviews. Day 1 concluded with a massive impromptu staff party in the fabled Bar Area that pretty much had me intermittently gushing like a fanboy and remaining completely silent for large stretches to listen to crazy-insider stories about the various industries that everyone had worked in.

Days 2 & 3 were the infamous Whiskeyocalypse, so that was certainly a baptism of fire. It went from me struggling to find stuff to post to me struggling to parcel out my time so that I could do everything that was required of me and STILL moderate all the new chats that were suddenly springing up due to all the livestreams. I also found time to make it into the semi-finals of the Mortal Kombat: Scrub League invitational and blurted out “Full of win” loudly and proudly on-camera to over 7,000 people. My internship was going amazingly. Things settled down from there, and I’ve fallen into a pretty decent groove of updating AnimeVice (described accurately as my first trial), getting food, sending out mail, creating quests...you know, intern shit. I’ve also become a regular on the ComicVine podcast, which is amazingly fun and very informative, and am posting trailers on Giant Bomb which has, hilariously, resulted in more followers than all my chat hosting combined.

 He stalks your dreams.
There are two things that really stand out to me so far: one is that I answer the phone, which is usually just someone wanting to be let into the building, but almost every day there is at least one call from someone who has no idea who we are and is either trying to get walkthrough help or tech support, TECH. SUPPORT. on a videogame. These are particularly hilarious when they somehow don’t believe me when I tell them we don’t provide those services and try to convince me to help them. The other was Whiskey's nomadic son Alex Navarro. We wished him farewell to him on Friday (Saturday for some, but I was too in my cup to make it to that) and I have to say that I feel sorry for the interns who are coming in after me because Alex stood out as extremely approachable and extraordinarily helpful. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the editorial staff have been helpful, particularly since I've become more acclimated, but Alex specifically came off as more laid-back, and, again, approachable right off the bat. I'll conclude by saying that it's interesting that I’m it, too which is kinda cool because I feel like I’m learning at an increased rate and getting a more personalized experience. Apparently there’s going to be a deluge of new talent coming in, and I’m about to become KING INTERN! Only to be slain by my son and he by his and on and on like some grand, Greek tragedy. Keep tuned into this blog for more updates.
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Posted by Undeadpool

Holy Magilla Gorilla, has it already been a month? It seems that way, but my journey to this internship began a whole month and a half ago. HUGE difference. I started following Ethan (resident community manager) on Twitter a few months back and I saw an update on his for an internship at the Whiskey Media Offices. Now, I'd applied for such an internship when it got posted on the actual forums a few months ago, but had heard nothing back. I figured "Oh well, it was a longshot anyway" and promptly forgot about it. Until I saw that Twitter post and sent Ethan a PM. Thus did the ball begin to roll and an interview was scheduled. I wore the only tie that I own and suited up to make the best impression I possibly could. I also borrowed my roommate's peacoat because the nicest coat I own is a leather jacket.

 Editor's Row
The interview went exceptionally well, though I only knew that in retrospect because HEY! Here I am. It started with Ethan asking me a few questions about certain things I'd do if I got hired, what my interest in the Whiskey Sites was, how long I'd been a fan, etc. I had a hard time with that "stuff I'd do if I got hired" part, but the interview continued. Phase 1 done with, I then met Whiskey Media marketing mastermind Daniel, who was certainly more...casual, I'll say, in his approach. His approach was more of a "Hey! How are ya? Who are ya?" He was accompanied by ComicVine maven Tony and Screened senior puppy correspondent Rorie, the latter of whom I'd actually met outside the office a couple of times. They ran me through a gauntlet of some of the best, most strange, interview questions I've ever been asked. It was also ridiculously stressful because I've been in the workforce for about a decade now, and I'm really, really good at job interviews because they're mostly the same thing regardless of where you go. A job interview at most places amounts to "how well can you answer these questions that we got out of a management book that was written twenty years ago for use in high-rise office buildings?" This wasn't like that at aaaaaaall. These were questions that were so well integrated into the interview I wasn't sure if I was just shooting the shit, or if I was actually being interviewed anymore. I'm still not entirely sure which was what. There was also a tour of the whole office sectioned out in the interview, and I was asked to stick around and meet the office dog Chloe, who is adorable as long as you approach her the right way. I also got to watch Tested record a segment, and it’s crazy to watch those crazy videos actually get filmed. Again, it’s not like what my preconceived notions were like at all, it takes a lot of professionalism to look that casual and funny. In any event, I was called in to moderate a TNT chat (MKvsDCU) and apparently I did well enough to earn a job offer. Which was met with utter jubilation on my part, of course.

My workspace complete with coffee.
Day 1 was pretty standard first day stuff, except that I was suddenly surrounded by people I’ve watched and respected for close to a decade, but they were all pretty laid-back, which was good because I was a powder keg of nervous energy. My primary go-to people were still Ethan, Daniel and Melissa, who handles a lot of the logistics for the office and control room, because here's something that a lot of people may not get just by perusing the sites: the Whiskey Media editors and engineers are BASICALLY working constantly. I’ve never been so surrounded by people who start working the moment they come in and don’t stop until they leave. Don’t get me wrong, they still chat and whatnot, but it’s almost always WHILE they’re sitting at their computers typing away. Or filming. Or playing a videogame FOR filming or reviews. Day 1 concluded with a massive impromptu staff party in the fabled Bar Area that pretty much had me intermittently gushing like a fanboy and remaining completely silent for large stretches to listen to crazy-insider stories about the various industries that everyone had worked in.

Days 2 & 3 were the infamous Whiskeyocalypse, so that was certainly a baptism of fire. It went from me struggling to find stuff to post to me struggling to parcel out my time so that I could do everything that was required of me and STILL moderate all the new chats that were suddenly springing up due to all the livestreams. I also found time to make it into the semi-finals of the Mortal Kombat: Scrub League invitational and blurted out “Full of win” loudly and proudly on-camera to over 7,000 people. My internship was going amazingly. Things settled down from there, and I’ve fallen into a pretty decent groove of updating AnimeVice (described accurately as my first trial), getting food, sending out mail, creating quests...you know, intern shit. I’ve also become a regular on the ComicVine podcast, which is amazingly fun and very informative, and am posting trailers on Giant Bomb which has, hilariously, resulted in more followers than all my chat hosting combined.

 He stalks your dreams.
There are two things that really stand out to me so far: one is that I answer the phone, which is usually just someone wanting to be let into the building, but almost every day there is at least one call from someone who has no idea who we are and is either trying to get walkthrough help or tech support, TECH. SUPPORT. on a videogame. These are particularly hilarious when they somehow don’t believe me when I tell them we don’t provide those services and try to convince me to help them. The other was Whiskey's nomadic son Alex Navarro. We wished him farewell to him on Friday (Saturday for some, but I was too in my cup to make it to that) and I have to say that I feel sorry for the interns who are coming in after me because Alex stood out as extremely approachable and extraordinarily helpful. Don’t get me wrong, the rest of the editorial staff have been helpful, particularly since I've become more acclimated, but Alex specifically came off as more laid-back, and, again, approachable right off the bat. I'll conclude by saying that it's interesting that I’m it, too which is kinda cool because I feel like I’m learning at an increased rate and getting a more personalized experience. Apparently there’s going to be a deluge of new talent coming in, and I’m about to become KING INTERN! Only to be slain by my son and he by his and on and on like some grand, Greek tragedy. Keep tuned into this blog for more updates.
Posted by Brenderous

I wish I lived in San Fran :-/


Sounds awesome duder.
Posted by Napalm

"IT'S BEEEEN A LOOONG ROOOAD!"

Posted by Slaker117

  

  :)

But seriously, sounds awesome. You lucky bastard.
Posted by Yummylee

Coolio! At first I was kinda like ''you lazy bum, you expect this to top Kessler Kam and Lemon Lens?!'', but reading through this was pretty informative and gave a good perspective on what's it to like to enter as the new guy. Was kinda envisioning how I'd handle with all of your duties and how I'd most likely be leaving a yellow trail behind me everywhere I go.. Anywhoo looking forward to more of your blogs, guy.


Also: Ryan... is he really as much of a boogie man for the interns as it's always appeared?
Posted by evildeadron

glad your having a great experience there, keep up the hard work
Posted by readymix

congrats on the job/intern. must've been a hell of a time during the amazon server crash.

do us a favor and get jeff back on the TRAAAAIIIINNNNN.
Posted by LordAndrew

Full of win. You're now part of Giant Bomb history, a blemish that can never be removed. Er, that doesn't sound good. Maybe try reading that differently, replacing all the nouns with adjectives and all the adjectives with verbs. I really don't know where I'm going with this...

Posted by 5socks5

I'm so jealous.....so jealous

Posted by Azteck
@Napalm said:
"IT'S BEEEEN A LOOONG ROOOAD!"
OUT OF EDEN?
Posted by Napalm
@Azteck said:
@Napalm said:
"IT'S BEEEEN A LOOONG ROOOAD!"
OUT OF EDEN?
"Getting from there to here...?"

..."
Posted by MattyFTM

One month in, and where the hell is your Kessler Kam/Lemon Lens style video series? The lack of a video series is not very "full of win".

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Posted by CharlesAlanRatliff

Great read! I look forward to more insider blogs. The process and experience are incredibly interesting, and it's good to hear everything is going well.

Posted by Soulblitz

Really interesting read. One thing that stood out for me was your description of the interview process, which actually sounded incredibly stressful and difficult. Was it as criminally hostile as it sounds? Also, as far as the whole "how long have you been a fan" thing goes, do you get the impression they would only hire someone who had been following the crew for a while? I mean yeah, you're the Whiskey Media intern, not the Giant Bomb intern, but do you think they'd be less inclined to pick someone who'd only been following WM since GB moved into the new office?

Posted by Yummylee
@MattyFTM said:

One month in, and where the hell is your Kessler Kam/Lemon Lens style video series? The lack of a video series is not very "full of win".

How much fail do you think it warranties?
Posted by Gaff

Interesting read. I wish I was ten years younger, lived in Frisco, etc.

Also, seems the intern is a cheap date, ladies.

Posted by craigbo180
@MattyFTM said:

One month in, and where the hell is your Kessler Kam/Lemon Lens style video series? The lack of a video series is not very "full of win".

Full of win should be the name for it if/when he does a behind the scenes style series.
Posted by Video_Game_King

Wait, you saw them playing games for reviews? Can you ask them how they know how to get specific footage for a video review? I can only imagine them just playing the entire game and then picking out what they need, but that seems a bit too impractical for a professional review. Also, a bit weird to see you pinning your thread to the top of whatever board this is on.

Posted by ethan

I pinned this thread. It's community based. I bet alot of people would find it interesting.

Posted by FLStyle

Nice read, very insightful, keep up the good work.

Posted by Jayross

Lucky bastard!

Questions: did you ever start "going out" with the staff? Eg, to bars etc.

How is the pay?

How much food are you asked to get, and what is that like?

Posted by demontium

"...full of wi-"

"Alright go, leave go back to where you were"
Posted by Getz
@Slaker117 said:
  
  :)But seriously, sounds awesome. You lucky bastard.
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEH
Posted by BraveToaster

Congrats.

Posted by GunslingerPanda

Nice blog.

Online
Posted by Soap

Great blog, I'm glad your having fun as well, after all your living a lot of peoples dream :p

Posted by Undeadpool
@Jayross: Not really in the off-time. There are little staff get-togethers in The Bar, but other than that, not really. I was very graciously invited to Alex's going-away thing on Saturday, but as I said in the blog I was not in a good condition to go.
Pay's good and made much better by the fact that I work 40 hours/week.
As for the food, I generally go on a run every day (some exceptions) and it's almost always to a sandwich shop down the street. THRILLING!
Posted by billnyethesciencepie
@Undeadpool: is it paid?
Posted by EpicSteve

Daniel just walked into the room and asked me if I wanted to see the bar. 


I was interviewed by Ethan. He mainly gave me a rundown of the job and asked what I expect from it. Then I talked to Melissa for a little while. I literally haven't talked to anyone in a professional setting nicer than Melissa, great lady. She even gave me a ride to the Cal-Train. Jeff and Alex came in after that and we talked about chili and Cincinnati. I was asked about if i kept current on games, and what my favorite game of the year was so far. Keep in mind this was the week MK and Portal 2 released, I said Dead Space 2 and articulated my reasoning. 

Part of me thought I totally bombed the interview somehow. I was barely asked about my past work and I wasn't asked to provide a resume. Totally over-prepared carrying ten copies. I spent hours preparing for the standard interview questions. Lesson learned, you can over-prepare. 
Posted by MethodMan008
@Undeadpool: Super awesome man.  Have a great time.
Posted by Aetheldod

Undeadpool you are a hero among Whiskey Users , and now a very hated person by jealous folks >:3 , we shall torment you!!!!!!
Now do we get more insider vids? Also fight for the return of poor man's tested :D

Posted by Stackboy

Grats man, everyone is now watching your every move like a hawk..........(with jealousy).

Posted by Video_Game_King

Am I seeing a pin-unpin war unfold before my eyes? It was pinned, then unpinned, then pinned again, and I expect another unpinning.

Posted by MightyDuck

Sounds like it's been pretty enjoyable.  Keep up the good work.

Posted by captain_clayman

i'm so jelly.

Edited by ThePhantomnaut
@EpicSteve said:

Daniel just walked into the room and asked me if I wanted to see the bar. 
I was interviewed by Ethan. He mainly gave me a rundown of the job and asked what I expect from it. Then I talked to Melissa for a little while. I literally haven't talked to anyone in a professional setting nicer than Melissa, great lady. She even gave me a ride to the Cal-Train. Jeff and Alex came in after that and we talked about chili and Cincinnati. I was asked about if i kept current on games, and what my favorite game of the year was so far. Keep in mind this was the week MK and Portal 2 released, I said Dead Space 2 and articulated my reasoning. 

Part of me thought I totally bombed the interview somehow. I was barely asked about my past work and I wasn't asked to provide a resume. Totally over-prepared carrying ten copies. I spent hours preparing for the standard interview questions. Lesson learned, you can over-prepare. 

It was good to see ya dawg.

Ethan gave me the tour and was very astonished of the bar's atmosphere. Dampened and moist as I expected. I also had Pocky on me but Norm was doing the podcast so I thought it would have been best to give it to him later. Unfortunately, I actually didn't give Ethan, Daniel, or anybody the Pocky to relay to Norm. Before starting the interview, I saw Jeff and Alex and just said yo to them. My brain had a giggling moment while my face stayed calm.

Ethan and Daniel interviewed me. Although I am somewhat new to job interviews, I expected the questions. I brought a bit of nervousness while trying to stay confident. Luckily I seemed to pull through without breaking down like someone's head was going to explode. Ethan was straight forward and I gave him my answers including background and other subjects. Daniel was the most communicative and casual. Me and Daniel went to a pretty deep conversation about how to expand the Wiki system. Daniel seemed to appreciate some of my ideas.

I gave them my resume. I actually did not really prepare for the interview as I had one in Sacramento and family pressure as well as school prevented me to focus intensely. The drive to San Francisco really bogged my thought process down a lot but thanks to my friend Branden, I did it.

Unfortunately, I missed the cut. There were obvious factors and it's beyond my control. Nonetheless, I absolutely appreciated that day.

There is always next time!!!!!

Also 4,500th post!

Posted by Claude

Tell Cool Baby I said hey.

Posted by OllyOxenFree
@Abyssfull said:
@MattyFTM said:

One month in, and where the hell is your Kessler Kam/Lemon Lens style video series? The lack of a video series is not very "full of win".

How much fail do you think it warranties?
A total Fail Boat!
Posted by LiquidSwords

Sounds like fun! Thanks for reporting!

Posted by Brendan

At first I was all like "Yay!"  


Then I read the two stories of rejection and I was all like "Aww"
Edited by Undeadpool

@Aetheldod: HAW! Well, first I'll need to learn how to use video equipment...I'm mostly trying to focus on the editorial side, hence this massive blog post.

@billnyethesciencepie: Oh HELL yes, it's 40 hours/week. I couldn't make rent if it wasn't.

@Brendan: Don't focus on them. Focus on ME! The happy one! My happiness is YOUR happiness...I mean, happiness is contagious! So eventually it's BOUND to reach you.

In all seriousness, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have gotten this job. It's a literal dream come true, and to those who tried and didn't make it: keep at it. Get more experience under your belt, and perhaps most importantly: don't treat this like any other job interview. This isn't Borders, or a movie theater, or some garbage job that you'll go through the motions for (like a bunch of the jobs I previously held), this is run by people who actually care what you have to say, not ability to "shift paradigms," and "grasp low-hanging fruit."

Posted by ThePhantomnaut
@Brendan said:
At first I was all like "Yay!"  

Then I read the two stories of rejection and I was all like "Aww"
Hey a lot of people applied. Also I am the only one to say I got cut here. :) But really I don't know what's up with Steve.
Posted by iam3green

nice read. i am actually done with my internship. it was pretty boring since i did it at my school. i it because all of the places i looked said they weren't looking or not at this time. i am just waiting around working on my resume and a letter to send. i hope to find a job somewhere.

Posted by 1p

Living the dream, bro.

Posted by crazyleaves

Good read, keep em comin'!

Posted by radar5

awesome blog.  Hope to hear more about your intern experience.

Posted by Synaptic

Damn dude. Sounds way too intense for me at this stage of my life.

Posted by harvey_the_pooka
Awesome read!

Is it that internships are unpaid as well in the states? And how old are you if you don´t mind me asking
Posted by PhatSeeJay
@Napalm said:
@Azteck said:
@Napalm said:
"IT'S BEEEEN A LOOONG ROOOAD!"
OUT OF EDEN?
"Getting from there to here...?"

..."
I'VE GOT FAITH!
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