Today, I went to Culver City. Matt drove me again, which was fun and more exciting than driving by myself. We went to then Wolcott Architecture firm, which was actually really cool. The building was insane. It looks very weird from the outside, but once you enter the building the vibe could not be more cool. Everything is different and modern, even the cubicles. Before the meeting the secretary, who was a very kind woman, handed me a water bottle that looked like a rocket ship. Everything about this place was different. Rich, Matt and I proceeded to the meeting room where we met Sean, who is a building owner, and two ladies who represent Wolcott. One of Sean’s buildings in Santa Barbara is currently occupied by a failing Sacks. At the end of the year, Sacks will ask Sean for a lowered rent, and Sean does not want to do this. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the different possibilities of this building. The building plans (blueprints) were laid out on the table. Throughout this few hour meeting, Rich was vigorously writing on the white board, as well as asking questions and suggesting ideas. I have learned a lot from Rich, not only in meetings but from overhearing and overseeing his work. I have shared a desk with him for three weeks and I feel that I learned as much as I could in this period of time.
I did not have lunch today, I ate right when I got home.
New week, new job. Mikey the intern is rolling with the top dogs to meetings now. Today, I went to Los Angeles for an interesting meeting. I went to the offices of Brooketone in LA in the morning with my boss Rich, who is the Vice-Chairman of CBRE, as well as Matt who is the newly hired creative director of the team. Matt gave me a ride to LA, which ended up being really cool. It was about an hour of a drive, so Matt and I got to know each other pretty well. Matt is a huge Phish-Head, and also rides motorcycles. The reason why he was driving me in his car was because he recently got into two bike accidents on the freeway, so he’s taking a brief hiatus from biking. We talked about music, how his career path took course, and other interesting things. Brookstone has a really cool office building. We went to the executive meeting room and proceeded with a three hour meeting, mainly about stuff I had no idea about. The one thing that I understood well was when they were going through demographic analysis, that was cool. Brookstone was basically looking for a new location in southern California and CBRE was there to aid them in this search. It was cool to be in this professional environment today. I had lunch with my boss, I had a really good sandwich.
Today I worked on demographic analysis. Demographic analysis is exactly how it sounds, analyzing demographics of different cities. This is important to do so that clients know exactly where the best place to build retail would be. My job in this process was to formulate excel sheets of demographic analysis for every city in Orange County, San Bernardino County, Riverside County, and Los Angeles County. I did this through an application in the CBRE website, which was pretty easy. The hard part was extracting only some of the information from these analyses and filling them in on a grid. This included population, daytime population, amount of households, average household income, amount and percentage of people with associates degree or higher and income of 75000 or higher, and others as well.
Today River and I went to Jersey Mikes, always a great call. I got number 7 mikes way light on the onions.
When I got back to the office my boss Rich took me to a meeting which was cool, I took notes.
My last day at WNS was Friday, which was also the day of the show. It was a long day for me, as I woke up at 6am to get there on time, but luckily I had a long break in the middle of the day where I left WNS.
On this final day is when I felt like I actually made a break through with getting to know the kids. It was good and bad because it was my last day, but I am also glad I made a break through at all.
The show went well and the kids really stepped up their energy during the two performances, although I still feel like they could have done more. One of the teachers/administration talked to me and Brendan after the first show, asking if we had encouraged the cast to be more energized. Duh, of course we had only like twenty times. But still, half of them looked like their puppy had been stolen.
After this experience I am definitely considering going back in the future to help with productions, and definitely not considering becoming a teacher.
Today I really began my Top Golf project. Top Golf is a very high-end driving range. It contains the driving range, of course, as well as many other sources of entertainment such as alcohol, television, food, and interactions with other golfers. Top Golf is CBRE’s new client, so my job for the day was strictly focused on Top Golf. I was given a list of around 5 or 6 counties in California, and was instructed to list every city in each county. Once I had listed the cities by county in separate excel spread sheets, I had to find the economic development director and their contact information for each city. This took much longer than I expected. Some cities would not have information available on city officers, or city websites at all.
For lunch today River and I went to The Rice, where I indulged in a delectable spicy tuna bowl. I went back to the office and resumed my work on finding economic developers. This work was very boring and came with induced neck pain from looking at my computer for five hours.
When I was initially thinking about a commercial real estate firm, I could only assume that it would be a very timid environment, with bland cubicles filled with old men. Luckily for me, CBRE has an extremely nice office. Everything is state of the art, almost flawless. There are tons of young people working here, and even another intern named Kat, she’s really chill. I met this guy named Connor today, he’s a senior at LMU. His role in my boss’s team is solely to research. When he told me this, I asked him to help me with research for my African American Entrepreneur research project. Working with other young people made me feel me comfortable as an intern.
Today I got lunch with River. We got L n L which was super delicious. When I got back to the office I continued with research on retail and restaurants and ended my day by starting a new project on demographic analysis.
As indicated by my last post, there is still a ton of stuff I could help Intellivision out with, and I’m somewhat sad that my internship is ending. However, I’ve talked to my mentor about coming by every so often over the summer when I have time, so hopefully that will follow through (hopefully as a payed intern lol).
I’m excited to see people’s presentations today! Good Luck Everyone!
My last day as an intern at Intellivision was Saturday. Keith, Karen the Archivist and I went over to the storage unit to begin archiving the mess of stuff in there. When we got to our unit, it looked like someone had tried to break in and had messed up the door to the point where we couldn’t get it open. We waited shortly while the manager came and helped us get it open.
It was soooo stuffed in there! there was absolutely no room to move throughout the whole unit. We barely got through a couple stacks of tubs, but already we’ve found some valuable memorabilia. One really cool “artifact” was a mint condition Tabletop Dungeons and Dragons; the electronic board game based off of the video game based off of the role-playinig game. Sheesh.
Today we went straight to Barstow which is 2 hours away. We had to help fix a broken motor in a hand wash gas station car wash. This motor turned on pistons which pressurized the water that shot out of the pumps to wash the car. The motor was burnt out so we had to take it out and replace it with the new one. Once we took it out we found a leak and we closed it out with some sort of special tape and a glue solution. Once we did this we found that a hose that the water ran through had a tear so we told them to order and new hose to install it right away so they don’t waste water.
We started at 6am today and we went directly to a car wash in South Central. Today all we had to do was an inspection of the car wash. First we saw if the conveyor belt was working then we went to the back room to see in the pumps, water distribution, and vacuums were working. As we turned on the wash we found two leaks in two of their spinning washers and a ripped up mat that cleaned the wheels. We headed back to the office to write a quote for the customer to see how much it would cost to replace and fix those parts. Then we headed over to a car wash in Culver City that was having a hard time controlling when they wanted to turn their blowers on and off. In this car wash the blowers would turn on right when a car entered the car wash and then would turn off realizing that the car has not yet gotten to the blowers and is still getting washed with water and soap. The problem is that the blower can’t be turning on at the wrong time then turning off and then turning on again at the right time because all that turning on and off wastes energy so they have to find a way to program it where it turns on when it is supposed and stays on to do its job.
We first went to San Pedro to see a green Forest car wash that had a loose conveyor belt. When went there to tighten it up by taking a link out of the conveyor belt then we cleaned their tire waxing machine. When then left to a Redondo Beach car wash to fix its conveyor belt switch and to do more maintenance on little water pumps.
Wednesday was all desk work. I was on my computer or stapling documents the whole day. It was a blast… Kate had me add all of her contacts from multiple platforms (microsoft office, excel sheets, and random people from a design magazine) onto Mail Chimp, a platform that helps you send out email blasts. (Kate had me do this so she could send out newsletters about her new store she’s opening in July) This took forever and grew tedious and tiring quite fast. By the end of that words were blurring and I didn’t want to see Mail Chimp ever again. However, as I am being hired for the summer (Yay! I’m gonna get paid!!), There is a high possibility Kate might have me working with Mail Chimp again. Crossing my fingers this isn’t true.