Something that surprised me most about this internship is that there is a lot of downtime and mindless work. When I had my interview for this position, my supervisor told me that the whole office was busy with a recent increase in opioid overdose that required all hands on deck. I guess that is why I assumed that as soon as I started, I would also be inundated with (meaningful) work.
Fortunately (for the city), there was no large-scale emergency that required the department’s attention, so the lowest of the rung of the ladder (us interns) did not have significant work to do. Of course, that didn’t mean that I just got paid for sitting around. Instead, the interns were in charge of folding the blood pressure tracking cards in stacks of 50 in order to distribute them on the Saturdays that we conduct blood pressure screenings.
So this slow week was filled with rather therapeutic work like folding cards and applying name tags to vests. Of course, this upcoming Saturday will be another FDNY block party where my Chinese skills will be needed at the blood pressure screenings, but I will look forward to when there is different work to do (I hear whispers of a newsletter that I may be working on).
Until next week!