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Barkley Interns Showcase Their Talent. Well, Sort Of.

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This summer, 11 interns joined the Barkley team to work in various departments of the agency. From account management, public relations, design, human resources and social media, these interns have spent the last eight weeks soaking up all the wonders Barkley has to offer.

At the June staff meeting, Barkley partners got the opportunity to vote on what they would like the interns to do this summer. The options were a cookout, car wash or talent show. It was a close call between a car wash and the talent show, but ultimately the partners were more curious to see what talents the interns had than have them wash their dirty cars. Or, maybe they just didn’t trust us washing their cars.

So we pondered over the idea for a few weeks and brainstormed what we wanted to do. Initial ideas included displaying each of our individual talents with snippets of a video based on The Office. Other ideas included ‘Things We’ve Learned from Barkley’ where we would take videos – hey, who doesn’t creep on people these days? – of our supervisors and coworkers doing something odd and try to imitate it.

Then finally, after two meetings (yes, we take a while to get to our big ideas), we decided to host a talent fair. The fair would be carnival-themed with fun games and booths set up so each intern got the opportunity to showcase their talent.

Booths featured face painting, balloon animals, caricatures, picture-taking, fortune telling/palm reading, pony on a stick rides and a cake walk. There were also delicious foods like cupcakes baked in ice cream cones, cotton candy, snow cones and popcorn. A talking mime entertained the partners as they arrived to the talent carnival.

All the interns had a wonderful time hosting the carnival and it provided a fun atmosphere for us to interact with Barkley partners and talk to them about things outside the scope of work. With our last day fast approaching, it was nice that we were able to host a fun event for an agency that has taught each of us so much about the agency world.

It’s been quite an adventure, and as we bid everyone sayōnara next week, we’ll take one fundamental fact with us that Dale Carnegie once said, “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing.”

Thanks for the memories, Barkley.

Sasha is a summer intern in our social media department.

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Sasha Dookhoo

August 2, 2011

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