My first day at Hacker Way went swimmingly – I drowned myself in Facebook’s mission and values, and met hundreds of other interns from across the globe. Not only is Day 1 Way Done, but Week 1 is Way Done, too. And I never would have imagined that so much would transpire in such a short time as an Instagram intern:
1. n00b Orientation
An unforgettable day. I was re-assured that I truly belonged at the company by most everyone who crossed my path, and was inspired by the idea that I would work on projects that could potentially affect over 2 billion people. The idea of that still shakes me, and is why I hop out of bed dancing.
2. Cloud Surfing
I may be a Facebook intern, but I’m an Instagram intern first! I got to meet my team, one that oversees a global network of teen influencers, activations and research. Instagram is, essentially, Communication Candyland. And in my role, I am Charlie. It’s pretty sweet. Okay, I’m done.
3. Yes, New Friends
Between my roommate, folks from Orientation and from various brunches, it already feels like I have a network up here. You’ll often hear me say, “I gotta intern in LA. I gotta try LA entertainment.” When I’m not poking at Hollywood during the school year, I turn back to SF tech, SF entertainment, and now Silicon Valley tech. I think there’s a reason I’ve been up here and not down in SoCal every summer. I think I love Bay Area people, and their brilliance, and their kindness and their innovations. I love surrounding myself with these folks, because they motivate me to move faster. It only took 5 days to remember that.
4. Maymesteriversary Already?
Along with my boss and Instagram’s COO (pictured below), I got to welcome the next wave of students from the Annenberg program that first introduced me to Instagram! It happened exactly one year later. Talk about full circle!
Look for the new face filters on Instagram! I love these. You can turn any story into something fun and entertaining (I mean… look at the koala ears!). Hope you have as much fun with these as @heyberna and I did. (Check out @kevin and @mikeyk's for other fun examples and tips). Also today, we’re rolling out 3 other creative tools: you can make videos that play in reverse with “Rewind,” add context to your story with a hashtag sticker, and get creative with the eraser brush. Enjoy!
5. Visits from the Facebook Fam
Yesterday, LA Mayor @ericgarcetti visited Instagram HQ to talk to our team about how Instagram helps him connect with Angelenos, strengthen relationships within the LA community, and share his love for his city with the world. It was inspiring to meet Mayor Garcetti because he is one of the most active elected officials on Instagram. We love seeing how he captures his city and its people in his photography and shares his life as Mayor with our community. I’m excited to see how his leadership and hard work continues to shape Los Angeles.
I got to round out my week by hearing from two of the most influential men in technology (and in city governance). I promise there’s no better way to learn about the vision for both Facebook and Instagram. Between the CEO Q&As, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti kept up the LA visitor trend by speaking to our company about the power of the platform. Can you spot me? 😉
And that makes five amazing, unforgettable, jam-packed days to serve as my introduction to the two wonderful companies I’ll be a part of this summer. Thank you all for supporting the journey!