My Year as an Intern
Anna Robertson – 10/2/2016
It’s funny how much life can change in 365 days. I began this year as a relatively new Christian; I had grown up in an awesome Christian family but through my own choices ended up walking away from the things of God when I was in high school. It wasn’t until mid-2014 that I actually returned and recommitted my life. 6 months later I signed up to become an intern. What originally appealed to me about the internship was that it was a way for me to gain experience in the industry I was interested in; all the while helping to build the kingdom and grow in my relationship with God. I was not disappointed.
Doing the internship is like going to the gym – you only get out what you put in. If you push yourself and put in the yards then you’ll see how your hard work pays off. It may not be in the way you expected it to be but you’ll be surprised at how satisfying it is. For me – I get a kick out of seeing the product of my work played to over a thousand people every Sunday – that is right, yours truly is the girl who makes the Church News. It may seem really average to some people but that has been one of the highlights of my year, along with completing the Tongariro Crossing (barely), and serving in hospitality when we have a guest speaker. Yes being an intern is some dang hard work but it’s also one of the funnest and most rewarding things I have ever done.
Before I began this year I was still in the early stages of my relationship with God but I was eager to push in and really commit myself to the things of God. Spiritually I actually feel like a completely different person to who I was when I started out – I now have a strong relationship with God and have complete trust in the things he has in store for my life.
Starting out, the best way to describe how I was feeling was that I was standing on the edge of a cliff, I couldn’t really see what was at the bottom but I knew that I just had to step off the edge to find out – of course I experienced hesitation but it was really just a mind over matter thing. It’s like that scene in Happy Feet where the little penguin’s friends have all just gone sliding down the ice cap but he’s still at the top talking himself into it. That was me. Eventually I just stepped off the edge, and about half way down I was like WHAT THE HECK AM I DOING?! But then all of a sudden I was completely weightless, submerged in the things of God and the feeling was truly amazing.
If I could say anything to the future interns or those thinking about doing the internship I’d have to say, if you don’t like being challenged – don’t do the internship. Because it will challenge you every day. Those challenges are going to be like a bricks being thrown at you, but from those bricks you’ll be built up. Soon enough you’ll have a foundation stronger and a future more secure in the things of God than you would have ever dreamed of. As the wise Ps Greg once said – you give up a year but you gain a future.
– Anna Robertson, Production Intern 2015