Rick Wilhelm only started his internship a few months ago, but already left his mark. Time to meet the bloke and his projects.
Hi! I am Rick Wilhelm, 19 years old and born and raised in the most beautiful and most lovable tiny village of southern Limburg: Amstenrade! (Additionally, also the least well known). I used to be a professional football player at Footballclub Amstenrade but I decided to retire recently. Every now and then I like to attend a party or two. As a part-time job I work as a delivery driver for Domino’s in Brunssum.
How did I end up here at CODE043? I study event management and communication at the Arcus College and my counsellor thought it would be a great place to go for an internship. Boy was she right! At the end of August I started the internship and it felt like home from the moment I walked through the door. Why? Because CODE043 is a youth organisation where many things are possible, whereas in other similar organisations this is not always the case. For instance, I introduced the ‘Would you rather’ – questions during lunch. These questions give two tricky options of which you are expected to pick one and then explain your reasoning. The funny thing is that everybody gives their sometimes blunt opinions, including volunteers and interns, as well as employees and executives, which usually lead to interesting conversations. The fact that this is possible shows that mutual trust and respect is very abundant at CODE043; everybody is treated equal. Additionally my two supervisors are bat-shit crazy and two other great interns keep me company in the office. All factors combine to give me tremendous energy and the motivation for maximum effort.
By now you understand my internship is located in Maastricht, a city I don’t feel much for and I only visit to go shopping. When I had to drive from Amstenrade to Maastricht on my first day I didn’t even know which exit of the highway to take, let alone know my way around the city. Therefore I think this internship is a great way for me to get to know the city as well as to meet new people.
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Working at CODE043 met all my expectations. Immediately I was thrown in at the deep end and had to start working straight away. My first assignment: helping to organise Gamenight Maastricht 2016. My past as a gamer was triggered and I would actually like to join the fun myself. A-ma-zing experience! Start to finish, I enjoyed every moment of it. I had organised a smaller game tournament at the Arcus College for about 15 gamers before, but this was a bit bigger, so to say.
During Gamenight Maastricht games such as Call of Duty: Black Ops III and FIFA 17 were played. It was the biggest game-event in Maastricht and around 100 gamers participated. After four weeks of intense labour it was finally going to happen 1 October 2016.
Up until this point everything went very smooth. Until it actually started, where the saying at the Arcus College (“You learn the most when things are put into practise, because then things could actually go wrong”) became very accurate. For example: what is a key ingredient for gaming? Power. And yes, you guessed correctly, the power went out the moment we wanted to begin. After some fiddling the power was back on, but at this point we realised the bartender hadn’t shown. And so on and so forth. Even though a few things didn’t go as planned, a lot of things luckily did. Contestants were having fun, visitors were kept occupied and the matches themselves were nerve-racking. I realised event managing requires some serious labour. When my head finally hit the pillow at 3:30 AM, I could proudly look back on a successful event which also taught me a lot. The whole process was really educational and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Next mission: KOMmetjeKUNST, a promotional activity I’m fully in charge of. This time I’m going to redecorate the office into an escape room, isn’t that awesome? At this moment I’m in the middle of all the preparations and it’s going to be a great activity.
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