Intern Spotlight: Maddie HrenJuly 1, 2015 11:04 PM
How did you find out about HQ?
I was lucky enough to be selected for an exchange program to Serbia and Hungary, along with 8 other American students. In addition, the program chose a chaperone for the trip. Our chaperone was Liz Tracy, the Director of Community Engagement for HQ. The summer after the exchange, I stopped by HQ to visit Liz and meet her current summer interns, and that was when I decided I definitely wanted to work here the summer after I went to college.
What do you think makes HQ a special place to work?
I think what has definitely made this internship experience unique is how much responsibility the HQ team entrusts us with. Members and staff here come to us almost as much as they rely on the team they've known for years, and that can only happen if the team makes it clear that we can handle most of the tasks that might need our attention. I love when a member comes to me with a question and I can answer it right away. Of course, I always have a ton of questions, but I've never been afraid to ask them. Wednesdays are my favorite days at HQ, because I'm on the front desk all morning and I get to meet everyone and get to know the members, plus I definitely feel like I'm learning the most those days.
What other things are you passionate about?
I love traveling. I mean, I'm literally here at HQ because of traveling. I've been lucky enough to get to go to a lot of really cool places. I'm also a huge musical theatre dork. I've been in at least one musical every year since I was nine, plus I participate in a show choir intensive in Raleigh every summer. It just happened a few weeks ago, so I took the week off and spent it singing and dancing. Other things I'm passionate about... I mean, I really love dessert.
Where are some of your favorite places you've visited?
Well my exchange program to Serbia and Hungary was amazing, although that was only partially due to the place, and also due to the awesome people I was with. I also just got the opportunity to visit a friend in Tokyo in January, which was amazing. The only Japanese I know is counting to 99 and saying Hello, so it was sort of scary figuring out how to get around, but I definitely learned a lot from it.
Finally, what are some of your plans after the summer?
Well, I've only finished my first year of school in Boston, so luckily I have at least a few more of those to look forward to while I figure out what else I want to do in the future. I'm still undeclared, so I am slowly trying to figure out what I actually want to do with my life. It's sort of scary, but also pretty cool that I feel like my whole future is wide open.