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The Hallway Desk

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Every year, the senior class at my high school is given the opportunity to complete a senior project in order to graduate. Seniors need to complete at least 80 hours of work in a professional environment, so I spent a few weeks interning at MCI USA in McLean, Virginia.

As I started working there, I began to call my desk the “hallway desk.” This desk has been passed around and shared by various employees at MCI USA. Some people may not appreciate the openness and lack of privacy, but I enjoyed this space. By sitting at the hallway desk, I knew I wouldn’t have any difficulties meeting my coworkers and becoming familiar with the office. I thought of myself as the “greeting committee” for everyone who worked on my side of the office. It was the perfect place for me!

Working at MCI USA was a learning experience, but it also opened my eyes to a real office environment. Before this internship, I didn’t know what to expect when working in an office. From sitting in on meetings, to cold calling for sponsors for an upcoming conference and creating PowerPoint presentations for my research findings, I was quickly exposed to MCI USA’s company culture and objectives.

Even though it was only for a brief time, working at MCI USA allowed me to learn about the company, engage with my coworkers, and be presented with tasks that were completely new to me. As I begin my college career this fall, I plan to major in communications so I could not have asked for anything more.

As I walked through the doors each morning, I was excited for what the day had to offer. By sitting at my hallway desk, I have concluded that MCI USA is a place of innovation, creativity, and openness. And I am so happy to have been a part of the company for the time that I was there.

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