I guess what you do is you start tagging along with whoever you can. It’s the start of my penultimate week here, and I still don’t have supervisors, I’m still just a floating entity within the organization, I have some tasks to be done, but still such a mountain of free time with which to do nothing. So I’ve started to ask coworkers what they need help with, what they need done for them, whether they want to show me anything. That’s how I ended up in a house we recently bought, the place shown in the photo above. That’s been the most interesting thing that I’ve been able to get into in these weird final weeks. Our organization occasionally renovates houses in the neighborhood as a way to mitigate and reverse blight and vacancy, and this house is the most recent one.
I’ve been able to get some time filled with the little work that remains, and I’ve been able to start using my time better now that things have settled down a little from the confusing transitions out by my supervisors. But there is still so little to do in the end, simply as a fact of the organization. What kind of work do you give an intern whose department is staffed by just himself and who only has two weeks left? I think anyone would struggle with finding an answer to that question. And I’ve accepted that this situation will not be remedied before I leave, that it could only be remedied if I were to stay along for another month or two, if/when a new economic development department gets hired, settled in.
So in other words I am ready to leave. I think circumstances have made it that way. I didn’t necessarily want to leave, at least before my supervisors left, and my organization certainly doesn’t want me to leave before the agreed-upon end date next week. But I am ready to leave, two weeks early.