A new group of Rio 2016 interns is about to arrive at the organising committee. Speaking from my own experience, there’s no better opportunity to start your professional career than helping to put on the world’s greatest sports event.
Until a very short time ago, I was the only ‘mascot’ in my team (Digital Communications). I joined as part of the first wave and tackled head on the challenge of helping to engage athletes, Brazilians and people from all over the world on Rio 2016’s social networks.
The second wave of interns arrived a few months after me. And so, despite being a novice, I was immediately nicknamed the ‘senior intern’ and tasked with receiving the three new ‘freshmen’ and teaching them our routine, showing them our work, our home, answering their questions and helping them experience the Olympic and Paralympic values in their everyday lives.
Now that applications for the third group of interns are being accepted, I can well imagine how the candidates must be feeling. It’s just eight months since the day I myself was in front of a computer looking at the notice inviting university students to join the team. Of course I already imagined that, with the major sports events taking place in Brazil, there would be many opportunities opening up. However, having the opportunity to work with my two biggest passions – events and sport – combined in an internship was very compelling. I didn’t wait a second to apply and I did everything I could to guarantee one of those places for me. And hasn’t it turned out well.
The committee’s head office is now my second home, sharing my time with university. Here I have met fantastic people who have always received me with a sincere smile and never underestimated me because I’m an intern. On the contrary, every day I am challenged to come up with ideas and deliver results without being restricted to my position. Here the phrase “it’s the intern’s fault” is always interpreted in a positive way.
“What are you going to do afterwards?” This is something everyone asks, but I’m not worried about this – and no one should be. Starting my career with the Olympic rings on my CV is already an excellent beginning.
I’ve always loved watching the Games on TV and in future it will be an honour to be able to tell my children that I was involved in organising Rio 2016. Having the opportunity to help stage an event of this size is a dream that I want to experience until the end.