INTERN-al Affairs

John SalleeInternships are generally thought of as bottom-of-the-barrel work – scanning files, serving coffee and maybe even sorting the recycling.

My internship?

Not so much.

When I applied for the CIRI internship, I didn’t know what to expect. Four weeks into it, I can honestly say I feel comfortable and valued.

First off, I’m John Sallee. I was born and raised in Anchorage and am currently a junior at the University of Alaska Anchorage, where I major in journalism and public communications. The career field I will be pursuing is entertainment, so when the opportunity to intern with CIRI arose, I thought, what a challenge!

Scholarships from The CIRI Foundation are helping fund my education and I thought the internship would be the perfect way to learn about the corporation and show my appreciation for my heritage, as my father, John Sallee III, is a CIRI shareholder.

As an intern in CIRI’s Corporate Affairs department, my duties include managing the new CIRI Instagram account (@ourciri), writing and recording a podcast (CIRIosity), attending various workshops and writing this column.

I can’t even begin to tell you how welcome everyone has made me feel. I’m getting used to the question every Monday morning, as we begin our team meetings, “Did you watch Game of Thrones?” (Meanwhile, I contemplate the latest episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.)

Feeling comfortable that first week was challenging; I never knew which important figures I would meet or what kind of tasks I would be assigned. But by remembering my strengths and talents, I was able to fully engage and now I’m sitting here at my desk writing this column – not pouring coffee for my supervisor.

CIRI blessed me with this opportunity, and now it’s up to me to make the most of my time here. In addition, of course, to convincing the Corporate Affairs team that Khloe Kardashian is every bit as relevant as Daenerys Targaryen.

Until next time…

John Sallee