“The only source of knowledge is experience” – Albert Einstein
Working for two months as an intern at the Beirut Marathon Association was an extremely rewarding experience. Thanks to my two supervisors, Lara and Safa, I had the opportunity to explore the communication field through its different aspects. By preparing presentations, writing articles, covering events on social media, attending meetings with creative agencies, and joining the TVC shoot for the big Marathon 2016, this internship has definitively increased my interest in pursuing my career in the media and communication field.
It is not by chance that I chose to apply in the Beirut Marathon Association. I love sport and I love Lebanon.
I really admire the work that BMA is doing as well as its ambition and generosity. BMA is a small organization that likes to act BIG. By organizing small marathons, BMA is able to help many NGOs; all aiming to support a different cause. BMA’s goal is to guide Lebanon, our beautiful country, towards a better future (environmentally, politically, healthily, and socially speaking). BMA is a hope for our country; it has the power to gather 40 000 people for only one cause.
The BMA team is like a big group of friends. For each birthday, someone brings a cake; for each lazy Friday, we eat order foul; and for each lunch, desks become tables to eat. I will not reveal the number of food deliveries coming at our office per day!
Other than the fact that they are all food lover, they all have a team spirit and like to help each other. The team is very friendly. It really did not take me long to be friend with all the members of each department.
I remember the day I played ping-pong and basketball with a small ball and a bin during my breaks. I am very glad to have worked in such a funny, yet professional atmosphere.
Even if it was honestly hard to wake up every Sunday at around 5AM for the weekly Long Run event of the Beirut542 program, I really, really enjoyed it. Going to Zaytouna Bay and seeing all the motivated runners made me happy. It was such an amazing experience to go and cover this weekly event on social media. People participating in that program are just incredible; they spread so much positive vibes and good energy. It is hard to express the feeling you get when you see those people running and surpassing themselves. You just want to tell them “Do not give up! You can do it!” Their motivation made me want to run with them. After each run, I used to come back home in such a good mood thanks to them.
The Beirut542 program is maybe the best part of my internship. Thank you to all the 542 runners to have made my internship such a more enjoyable experience. I wish you the best of luck for the marathon. You are all champions.