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Sunday. May 17, 2015
Intern Insights
A look into the life of an intern at Red Rock International…
Today is my final day as an intern at Red Rock International. During my time here many people have asked me what it’s like to work with RRI, so here’s my best shot.

Things kicked off in September of last year with a 5-day leadership development course. Each night comprised of around 3-4 hours sleep, and the course finished with an expedition and a night’s camping in the mountains in Wales… Not your average induction to an internship!

Next up was a lot of manual work – drilling, sawing, building – to create a prototype of a transport vehicle that could be used in a later event. This manual work carried over into Qatar (I write, grimacing). It was 40 degrees Celsius at the time, about 40 degrees hotter than the UK temperature, and for the most part I was working outside. Throw in another intern who also wasn’t best pleased with the conditions, and you’ve got yourself a decent amount of hostility (not to mention I am from the UK and he is from the US – enough said). Our saving grace was RRI’s culture. By this I mean everyone was willing to chip in and help – yes, everyone – from the guys visiting from the UK to the Managing Director to people around the office who didn’t even work for RRI (they tested the transport vehicle for us).

Ultimately, both of the large scale events we were working towards were a huge success, and the transport units we built couldn’t have run more smoothly. Lesson? Both us interns managed to put our differences aside for the cause. Furthermore, we recognised each other’s strengths – he was experienced in DIY, I certainly wasn’t, and we used our differences as an advantage to get things done more quickly; we collaborated – something that runs through all work that RRI do.

Fast-forward to February 2015, and I had agreed with the guys at RRI that it made sense for me to return to Qatar for another 3 months. My responsibilities changed dramatically. I was put in charge of social media and blog posts for the Qatar office. I started taking my own meetings – something that seemed very daunting in the first 3 months I was in Qatar. I took the lead on the design and running of a course for Deloitte. And as my list of responsibilities grew, I felt I was developing more and more as a person.

I’ve become better at communicating, and therefore I now find developing relationships easier. I’ve had the chance to experience a different culture and learn about the differences of doing business in a country like Qatar – there are many! I’ve also come to understand the qualities of a great leader, not only from delivering courses, but also by being around my colleagues.

The six months has provided me with two completely different experiences. The first three months were made up of jobs that I didn’t really want to do and didn’t think I could do. The second three months have been more relevant to who I am as a person and thus, much more enjoyable. Both experiences, however, have contributed greatly to developing my skills in many areas and have helped me understand that there will always be jobs I don’t want to do, but still need doing nonetheless.

Rory was on a six-month internship with RRI in the Qatar and UK offices. If you've got something to offer and want a chance to develop personally, contact us via the Qatar webpages

“ We would like to thank you for the enjoyable, fun, and engaging activity. The team feedback was excellent. They enjoyed working on building the cars and the race. Your coordination and facilitation was excellent, as well as the facilitation of the debrief discussion, this was very insightful. ”
Sara El Mawazini
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