Interning with Atheris Games

Having an internship is possibly one of the most exciting and nerve-racking experiences of my life. At the beginning, you hope that no one will realize that you have no clue what you are doing. But, as the time progresses, you embrace your ignorance and actually become excited to learn of things you don’t know. For instance, I come into the store wondering what Photoshop, Indesign, Trello, or Hootsuite task I will learn and figure out today. I know this sounds complex and complicated. But, that is because it is. It is all about failing so you can learn.

When I first was accepted as an intern for Atheris Games, I literally screamed and had tears of joy. School can only teach you so far and I was about to get actual hands on experience.

With Atheris Games being a start-up company, It has definitely been different. I don’t have an advertising head to look up to. Typically, I just try and try and try again.

My typical “work day” consist of coming in and brainstorming a flyer for an upcoming event or product. This takes about 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on how blocked my creativity is. Throughout this whole process, Andrew, the CEO, talks to me. I ask questions and try to understand where we are heading, what games do what, and more.

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*work made by me!

Probably one of the most exciting days of the internship was they day we went on amazon. Amazon is known as being a HUGE company and a great gateway for growing exponentially. So, the opportunity to have our game available on there felt like an honor. Every time I say "we are on Amazon" to a customer or friend it makes us seem more official. It shows how dedicated we are to our company, our game, and each other.

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*work made by me!

I am also excited for our grand opening. We hoping for a really big turn out. Not only would a big turn out help financially but, it would help us make a bigger fan base. Without the people who communicate with us on facebook and come in almost every day, we wouldn't be where we are today. I also enjoy being the place on campus for people to leave the stresses of classes and just have fun. Many friends have been made over a nice, competitive board game.

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*made by me!

There has been a learning curve as I am not a gamer. Although, working here I have gotten to play a role playing game with some loyal customers and it was quite interesting. I also get to test new games that are in the making which makes me feel so privileged to be an insider. I find that with each game and each day I feel more like part of the family.

We have run into problems. Our games were practically lost at sea, University of Florida students still come to the shop thinking it is a printing shop, and keeping the start-up going is difficult. Each day we face our obstacles. But, each day I feel more connected to Atheris Games and I want to see it thrive. My job is to advertise us. Push us out there. Make us noticeable to stay afloat. I am trying my hardest and I hope I succeed because I believe in Andrew, Chuck, Atheris Games, Cul-De-Sac Conquest, and myself.

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