Hey Boss, One Sugar or Two?

Interning, regardless of where you’re “placed,” is marred by a certain stigma.  Essentially you’re the coffee guy, the photocopier, the gofer. If you’re lucky, the other employees actually know your name.


My time at belladonna communications  has been nothing short of…well let’s say pretty darn awesome. Not only have I been fortunate enough to be given my own email address, desk, computer and extension number, but actually being called Hussein and not “Intern,” “You There” or “Kid” is actually quite liberating. Bosses take notice: we interns are simple folk. We appreciate the luxury of being treated like a human being, it gives us a sense of…belonging.


I have never recognized the intricacies and manpower required to launch a website, and the amount of time and effort that goes into designing a website is unbelievable. Not to mention the amount of paper used to create layouts, which are tacked up all over the wall, only to be ripped down, drawn on and thrown on the floor.  Yup, I said it, paper is involved in creating something digital (talk about irony). Who would’ve thought you go through tons of paper when creating a website? Not just any paper mind you, there are hundreds, no thousands, actually I would say there are at least 6 bagillion different combinations of paper stocks, weights, colours, and textures.


What I learned: White is out, off white is in, and recycled paper is the new cool. I experienced this first hand when we met with a paper representative from the U.S. Watching Angela and Sam’s faces during the meeting was like watching kids at Christmas. They smiled, they laughed, heck I think they even cried a little. They were overcome with joy, while I sat-in on the meeting trying to comprehend where this sense of euphoria came from. I guess either that it further emphasized their passion for quality work or that their lives are actually quite dull, but either way, thanks to that meeting, I can never look at paper the same way again. It’s actually quite disturbing.


I have to credit the belladonna team though. They are treating me like a human being and not a human coffee maker, plus they actually know my name…score!


So for now, I will go back to my research, my marketing magazines and my desk by the window…for an intern, I sure am living the good life.


1 Response to “Hey Boss, One Sugar or Two?”

  1. 1 mciao
    June 5, 2009 at 3:51 pm

    Hussein what a guy! Huge can do attitude, big smile and great sensibility…belladonna likes him, he’s part of the team!

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