Interns Spring 2018

This semester, Cal Rotaract’s 4 interns have worked with our Historian and Human Relations chairs behind the scenes. We are so proud of the work they’ve done, and are excited to share some of their experiences below!

Directory:
Historian/Human Relations Interns:


HISTORIAN INTERNS: Photography & Videography


Shelley Cai | Videography Intern | Freshman

What are the most interesting skills you have learned during your internship? Any challenges, unexpected gains, or funny stories?

The most interesting skill I’ve learned is how to use my camera. I was never that interested in digital photography before — I always took photos and videos on my phone, so it was a whole new thing to work with a DSLR and its many functions. For challenges, I think it’s just been needing to apply those skills really fast, and also not really knowing what the product will be. When I took videos for the philo event, the footage was really blurry and shaky — but I couldn’t have known that during it, because it was one of the first times I was really video-taping something. I guess you have to go through those steps to learn and get better!

What was your favorite memory from Rotaract, as a member or an intern?

I think my favorite memory was doing the Inter-Rotar-act event [at the Berkeley site]. It was first of all really cool to see so many high schoolers come out and engage so genuinely in the activities throughout the day. I also really appreciated the opportunity to tour the homeless shelter — it was shocking, humbling, and so eye-opening. I’m really glad I went.

Anything you would like to say to Joseph?

Thank you! If it weren’t for him, I really don’t think I would have gotten into photography using professional cameras, because I was pretty content with just using my iPhone. He taught me a lot about what professional photography and videography equipment and software can do. I’m really glad that I was able to gain the skills and knowledge that I have, and explore a whole new world that I’ve learned I’m really passionate about so I’m really thankful to him.


Stephen Fong | Videography Intern | Freshman

What are the most interesting skills you have learned during your internship? Any challenges, unexpected gains, or funny stories?

The most interesting skills I have improved upon as an intern is my time management and being able to multitask. With multiple projects and so many events occurring every week, it is important to communicate with my team and to not procrastinate.

What was your favorite memory from Rotaract, as a member or an intern?

My favorite memory from Rotaract as an intern was being able to record and photograph all the fun events and activities during the bi-weekly meetings.

Anything you would like to say to Joseph?

Joseph is a hard-working, dedicated individual who has the ability to be a great mentor, but is an even better friend.


Allie Lucchesi | Co-Historian and HR Intern | Freshman

What are the most interesting skills you have learned during your internship? Any challenges, unexpected gains, or funny stories?

I was never into photography before this internship but Joseph has taught me so much about how to use manual, editing, and videography. Every video is an adventure because there are always new things I want to try and struggle with and than Joseph swoops in and does it in .5 seconds so I really am just learning so so much from him. There’s been a lot of good times but one funny story was when I was editing the Berkeley Project video pretty late at night and Joseph literally was so tired but refused to go home so he just laid on the ground and took a nap while I edited.

What was your favorite memory from Rotaract, as a member or an intern?

I’ve loved every moment I’ve had with everyone in Rotaract. I honestly have never met such a kind and genuine group of people so I really look forward to every meeting and service event because I know I’ll get to hang out with an amazing group of people. So yeah, every memory is my favorite I guess (sorry I’m so basic y’all). I did really enjoy Stayover though, that was definitely a highlight this semester. That and seeing Eric Li dance. Priceless.

Anything you would like to say to Joseph & Jessica?

I can never thank you both enough for taking me on this semester! Honestly y’all are the best officers I could’ve asked for and I’ve enjoyed getting to work with you both so much. You’ve made my first semester with Rotaract a great one and I’ve learned so much from both of you. You guys are so amazing and kind and constantly amaze me with your dedication to Rotaract. Thanks for putting up with me :)


Shelley Kong | Human Relations Intern | Freshman

What are the most interesting skills you have learned during your internship? Any challenges, unexpected gains, or funny stories?

Since I’m not very tech savvy, I’ve learned a lot of skills this semester including how to create surveys and how to make spreadsheets more aesthetically pleasing and easier to read. The hardest task was trying to resize banner images for our surveys.

What was your favorite memory from Rotaract, as a member or an intern?

My favorite memory would be last semester’s Berkeley Project. My friends and I lost track of time while getting breakfast, so we didn’t notice that the group had already left. We had to run to catch the bus. Thankfully, we made it in time!  As for the service project itself, it was really nice talking and meeting other people from local and other committees since we don’t really talk that much during the meetings.

Anything you would like to say to Jessica?

It has been a great semester working with Jessica! I would like to thank her for putting up with my rants about school work and housing. She was also patient about teaching me how to complete my assignments. I really enjoyed the weekly meetings