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Instructables Internship - Day 1 Answered

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Hey Everyone!

I just arrived in Oakland from New York last Saturday, at 10:30 AM. Canida and Tetranitrate arrived shortly thereafter to pick me up from the airport.

Over the weekend, we went camping. Not something that you would expect out of an Internship, but here at Instructables, anything can happen. The trip was awesome, camping up in the very scenic Sierras was simply astonishing. I'll include some pictures of the trip at the end of this post.

Today was my first day at Instructables HQ. After about 20 mintues in the Control Tower, I realized how awesome the rest of my stay would be. The environment here at Instructables is unbelievable. Everyone, and I do mean everyone is super-friendly. Instructables is seemingly just a large family, of which every member seamlessly gets along with every other member. This doesn't only apply to the website, but also to the staff here at HQ.

Instructables is unlike any other Internship/program that I've been to/participated in. At first glance (after the tour, of course), Instructables has actually surpassed my expectations. I was expecting to see a lot of which I had already seen in the photos of HQ on Flickr and Instructables, but there is just so much more. There's so much to see, do, and get totally sidetracked on just while walking around. I'm just amazed that I'm here, and that I got the opportunity to work for such an awesome company.

So, on to the details. I'm set up on a table in front of a huge window that looks out at the front entrance. I get "free lunch", because I joined "The Salad Club". That entails me making at least one lunch for everyone sometime during my two-week internship, and every other day I get to eat food that someone else is making for all of us, etc. etc... I get time, everyday, to do what I want to do, where "what I want to do" is defined by building something. Again, this is something that you would never expect from an internship. So, basically I work half the day, finding people that would potentially like to join the site, getting their e-mails, and telling Tetranitrate about them, and then the other half of the day I'm building. This is pretty much the sweetest deal that I could ever think of. 1/2 of the day, I get to look at cool DIY projects that people post on the internet, and the other half I get to build.

I think that everyone should know how awesome Instructables really is. They really love their work, their company, and what they are giving to the How-To Community as a whole.

Anyway,
I'm so glad to be here, and I really can't believe that I am here, yet.

-Muffinator

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PKM (author)2009-06-09

ENVY

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ditto
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bumpus (author)PKM2009-06-09

Agreed.
You forum bumper :P

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technick29 (author)2007-08-16

Wow, that sounds pretty sweet! I love that idea of making/tasting lunches every day. Best of luck to you at Instructables, I'll be looking for more updates! ;)

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-08-14

I've been wanting to intern at ibles (like next summer or something)..this just makes me want to even more. I'm glad you're having fun!

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!! I was considering going to snowboarding camp next summer.... BUT.... now I just wanna come back! Hopefully I'll see you there!

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zachninme (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-14

Weiss has gotten ME wanting to intern now!
I want to come out there *right* now.

In the words of kiteman

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T3h_Muffinator (author)zachninme2007-08-15

Awww... don't worry! Just be an awesome person on Instructables and I'm sure they'll ask you for an invite!

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ll.13 (author)2007-08-14

Have fun! What's the criteria to convince them you're a good intern?

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Kiteman (author)Weissensteinburg2007-08-14

And extra portions at lunchtime =D

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Brennn10 (author)2007-08-14

That is so awesome! I hope in the future that maybe I could go. What sort of projects are you building?

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T3h_Muffinator (author)Brennn102007-08-14

Yeah! It's top secret! But no, I don't have any ID cards.... v_v Will Make them!

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Do you get to use the uber cool equip? Print a giant sticker ID for yourself, and then use the laser cutter to cut a piece of acrylic to go under it. Put some wheels on it and bring it with you whenever you're in the office.

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I'm actually replying to that in PM format... if you'd like I could just answer your questions here...

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Brennn10 (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-14

Do you make Instructables other uses have posted? I can imagine there is more than enough supplies to work with.

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T3h_Muffinator (author)Brennn102007-08-14

Yes, there's a ton of supplies, but I'm currently working on a "top secret" project.

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My next project would be great fun to do there...but I don't have the patience to save it and try to get an internship =]

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He can't tell us! It's top secret! ...do you get a special ID card?...If not, you should definitly make some kick ass ones.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-08-14

Make a giant parabolic cooker, and make everyone hot dogs with it for your salad club lunch!

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trebuchet03 (author)2007-08-14

That reminds me... I have an instructable about salad club.... Be sure to check out semi freddies before you go ;)

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Will do! Btw, I read your goodbye letter yesterday. Laser-engraving it made it so classy! It's a shame that you couldn't stay out here longer, it would have been a blast to chill with you & Billy together.

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crestind (author)2007-08-14

Wow beautiful place! Redwood trees are bigger!

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T3h_Muffinator (author)crestind2007-08-14

Hehe, yeah. But they're the biggest trees I ever saw... no, I didn't saw them, though v_v.

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NachoMahma (author)2007-08-14

. C'mon! Open up! How do you _feel_ about it? LOL . Congratulations!!!!!!!

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Kiteman (author)2007-08-14
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T3h_Muffinator (author)Kiteman2007-08-14

Awww... it's okie Kiteman! You do have that awesome castle of yours to cheer up in with your son.

And for the record, I'm the one envious of you, I really want to live the (seemingly) extremely happy life that you are living, with kids who have an interest in building, and the ability to have time to build stuff by myself.

Also, do you live in a semi-isolated countryside? 'Cause that's in my wish list, too.

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Kiteman (author)T3h_Muffinator2007-08-14

Small market town (pop ~10,000).

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T3h_Muffinator (author)Kiteman2007-08-14
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Easy Button (author)2007-08-14

wow thats awsome and those pictures are amazing

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