JBKnowledge Intern Insight: Johnny Pollack
Today I am going to give y’all an insight into the world of a JBKnowledge, Inc. intern. It is a very unique, diverse, and interesting combination of cultures, attitudes, and personalities. That is quite a feat when you consider that there is a grand total of six interns in the office. We were hired in order to cover a wide variety of jobs across almost every spectrum. I must congratulate the HR Department on achieving such diversity with so few numbers. It seems that the only traits we all share are our strong work ethics and willingness to help at all times.
First I will introduce the youngest member of the intern all-stars, David. David is somewhat of a prodigy here. His background with computers allows him to accomplish tasks ranging from programming to business development quite easily. He was the first intern I met when we started while he was already into his sophomore year of Computer Science at Texas A&M University. This all being while at the age of 17. I am a 23 year old Construction Science graduate and was already convinced that this guy was smarter than me. So far David has done very little to convince me otherwise. He dives into each task with an energy and efficiency that I am just beginning to master myself. He also does it all with an intelligent sense of dry humor. His theme song? ‘When the Levee breaks’ by Led Zeppelin.
Graham was the second intern I met, and it was clear from the get-go that this guy meant business. In fact, he was wearing Google Glass when he walked in for his first day on the job. He is an extremely proficient codewriter and has the task of improving the functions of SmartReality on a daily basis. (He’s done a fantastic job of it as well. I actually get a little motion-sick from walking around after demoing his virtual reality research!) In his downtime he likes to go off-roading and repair old motorbikes. He has done me a great favor by teaching me many things about computers and engines. Graham chose Jack Johnson’s ‘At or With Me’ as his personal theme song.
The third person I met was Sai, the civil engineer from Hyderabad, India. He is pursuing a Masters Degree in Construction at Texas A&M, and speaks English, his third language, as fluently as Mark Twain. Sai is a quiet guy with a talent for cooking and we’re always clamoring for him to give us his recipes. Additionally, Sai has become a sly collaborator for the majority of the office hijinks, and has a poker face that would rival James Bond himself. He chose as his theme song, from one of his favorite childhood shows, ‘Ichigo’s Theme’.
My buddy Matt is the next person you will meet. He is a talented athlete who can channel his drive into any task put before him, and he gives literally 100% into everything he does. He is currently an engineering student at A&M, an avid Crossfit competitor, and has one of the liveliest sense of humor I’ve seen. As the resident prankster, Matt has developed a unique calling card: whomever forgets to log out at the end of day gets a new Desktop Background, courtesy of Matt. He has given me advice ranging from healthy eating to various engineering questions, and has yet to lead me astray. Matt chose his theme song by deciding on the best baseball walk-out music, and felt that ‘Summer’ by Calvin Harris was the best fit.
The final member I’ll introduce is also our de-facto leader, Olivia. She is a self-determined go-getter who fell in love with the field of marketing, and even turned down admittance into Texas A&M’s Nursing School in order to pursue her path. She also serves as our liaison between us interns and the rest of the office. If we have an idea we would like to present, she is the litmus test we try to pass before taking it higher. One trait of her’s is especially notable; in the face of all of the rambunctious rowdiness that permeates the rest of us interns, she has yet to lose her poise. I am in firm belief that nothing we do can shake her, despite our best effort and collaboration. She is also a Star Wars aficionado, and chose that series’ theme song for her own.
As for me, there’s really not much to say. Honestly, I’m just a guy named Johnny. And my theme song is ‘Troublemaker’.
“I don’t care about what brand you are, I’m concerned what type of man you are, what your principles and standards are.” -Mos Def