Hello, my name is John Duda and I’m the new (and first) intern at Midpoint Trade Books!
As the first intern, I have the auspicious (and potentially dangerous) opportunity to help orchestrate the responsibilities of future interns. Some of the more intriguing of my current duties include updating and maintaining Midpoint’s Twitter, librarything, shelfari and goodreads pages, and writing this blog. Some of the less interesting responsibilities include stuffing envelopes, making photocopies, and doing title analysis on Microsoft excel. Given carte blanche to create future responsibilities, I would include asbestos removal.
The staff is very nice and have referred to me as “hey you” only once or twice. I have my own desk (which, as an intern, I wasn’t expecting) that is at least two feet longer than any desk I’ve ever had at any other job. On my desk is a fax machine, a stapler, two rolls of tape, rubber bands, and some pens that I’m thinking of stealing. I don’t have a window, but I do have a very large, framed map of New York State hanging dramatically in front of me. Surprisingly, it’s not only informative but inspirational as I’ve written this entire post while staring at it.