austin the intern

Memoirs of an Intern


So sitting here in my normal chair, surrounded by the orange and yellow walls to which I’ve grown quite accustomed, I’ve realized a few things. First, that I need a chair with a proper back in order to do any decent work. I don’t know how John and Theran can operate in stools all day. Second, how much that working with Floricane has done for me.

Coming in, I had a vague idea of what duties might await me, while the specifics kept me on edge. What if I messed up? Truth is, John would probably laugh at me, and Caroline would give me some sort of reassurance. The laid back approach of the team here definitely saved my frail college student ego from getting shattered by the reality of the working world, and for that I am grateful.

In some ways, Floricane and I are in similar positions. We are both growing and figuring out our place in Richmond (me especially, being a Baltimore county native. I know where nothing is around here). But as I make my way from college student, to Randolph-Macon graduate, to job-hungry young adult, I’m definitely going to be reflecting on my experience as an intern. The way the team approaches organizational change, leadership, and strategic planning is something that I can take with me anywhere I choose to go.

I won’t say Floricane changed my life (John might laugh at me again), but I will say that I had a fantastic time here in 1E. 

Get to Know The Team: Austin the Intern!

To kick off 2015, we'll be featuring one member of the Floricane team on our blog each week, using a questionnaire that really asks the tough questions.

This week: Austin Collett! Our latest intern from Randolph Macon College, Austin is working with Floricane full-time for the month of January, helping us with special projects. A psychology major, he's interested in Organizational Development and the Human Resources field. His first project of the month? Filling out this Q&A! Let's see how he answered:


Which President would you most like to have a drink with, past or present?
Barack, just so I could have the chance to meet Michelle. She's too perfect!

Pie or cake or neither?
Cake, especially of the ice cream variety. 

Do you have a favorite sharpie color?
Seafoam or turquoise. Any blue/green color really!

What do you most value in your friends?
Loyalty and their ability to make me laugh. Also if they enjoy food as much as I do, it's a huge plus.

The natural talent you'd like to be gifted with.
Language proficiency! Nothing was scarier than being in the middle of Japan with no wifi and 2 words of Japanese in my brain.

If we looked at your Facebook page, what might surprise us?
My unfortunate middle school/early high school phase. Please don't look me up!

What's next for you?
Graduating in May from Randolph-Macon, and moving back home to Baltimore. Then the infamous post grad job hunt.

And lastly, what are the things that excite you the most about Floricane, its clients, and the community in 2015?
Besides the fact that Floricane welcomed me in the first place, the small close knit of the employees here and their laid back approach to most things!

Thanks, Austin, and good luck with your last semester of college!