As I sit here in the DII office on my last morning as the Communications & Marketing intern, I can’t help but think back to all of the wonderful memories the team and I have made together and the lessons I have learned from each and every one of them.
From the first day I joined this team, each team member has been so welcoming and eager to help me jump me into my new role. I remember staying two hours after work on my first day just talking with coworkers and getting to know each other better. The passion of these individuals was clear to me from the beginning and inspired me to push myself creatively and professionally from day one.
The first event I worked was Downtown Indy’s Pitstop Paddle Canal Race, where teammates hopped onto paddle boats and raced against other teams for the title of Paddle Champion (which also came with some pretty awesome prizes). The energy at the event was so exciting and fun, both among those competing and the DII team itself. I loved seeing my coworkers in their event-running element, and I had a ton of fun running back and forth cheering on the teams with my fellow intern, Katie. That was the first time we met and worked an event together, which prepared us to take on the big league events that were to follow.
I loved being a part of the big Shining A Light initiative and premiere, writing about this monumental undertaking and then having the chance to run around helping my teammates and guests at the event. The meaning behind Shining A Light struck a chord with me personally, as I have many veterans in my family. This made spreading the word about this project and the veterans’ stories even more special to me. At the event, a man came up to me and said, “You’re Allie, right?” I said yes, confused, and with a smile on his face he told me he’d been reading all of my blog posts leading up to the event. My boss, Bob Schultz, was standing with me and we couldn’t help but chuckle- that was such a surreal moment for me! That instance helped remind me that the work I have done day in and out has been truly enjoyed by community members, which is the whole reason I sought out this internship and have worked so hard each day to represent Downtown Indy, Inc.
Finally, getting to work on an event as big as Circle of Lights was incredible. I enjoyed preparing holiday guides and hearing the talented locals who auditioned to be a part of the show. This event brings over 100,000 Hoosiers together in the heart of Downtown, and knowing that I was a part of the small team that brings this beloved event to the city was such a rewarding feeling. I look forward to attending (and potentially finding a way to stay involved in) Circle of Lights for many years to come.
I have truly loved my time with Downtown Indy, Inc. and am quite sad for my time to end at this wonderful organization. This semester has opened my eyes to just how much can be accomplished if passionate people are behind a mission, which was displayed time and time
again through Downtown Indy’s many events, community forums, patron relations and outreach efforts. Each person on the team is intentional about the work they bring to the table and how they handle the challenges thrown their way. The Downtown Indy team is a group of 12 inspiring, passionate, creative, intelligent, resourceful and authentic individuals who are creating the Downtown that the thousands of Indianapolis residents want and deserve. Somehow, along with all of this, they’ve all found the time to get to know me and truly take an interest in my wellbeing. I’ve never felt like “the intern,” I’ve been a valued part of the team. They have pushed me, supported me and inspired me to reach further in my work. I would recommend this internship to fellow students without hesitation, as it’s been one of the best lessons in both personal and professional growth for me during my time at Butler.
I honestly can’t say enough about the people behind Downtown Indy, Inc. to give them the credit they deserve, but I know I’ll cherish the time I’ve had with them forever and keep the lessons I’ve learned in mind as I take on new roles. Or, maybe someday, when I make my way back to this team.
Communications & Marketing Intern, Downtown Indy, Inc.