First Day

Ciao a tutti!

My name is Caity Kirchberg and welcome to my blog for my internship with the Italian-American Chamber of Commerce Midwest (IACC)!  I am a rising junior at Dickinson and am currently majoring in English and minoring in Italian.   This summer I have the privilege of working as a communications intern with the IACC in my hometown of Chicago, IL.

My first day on the job was very exciting and got off to a bit of a stressful start because of some commuting issues.  While I am no stranger to public transportation, which I took every day to get to and from high school, I am still getting used to the new route from my house to the West Town neighborhood of Chicago where I work every day.

Luckily, I made it to work on time and was warmly greeted by my supervisor, Silvia, and the rest of the members at Ciao Chicago, an event space used by the IACC.  After meeting everyone and getting a tour of the beautiful space, I learned a bit more about what tasks I would be completing throughout my internship, specifically how I will be helping with the upcoming events the IACC has in June and July.

My first day included research for a food and wine masterclass led by a chef

My desk at Ciao Chicago, the event space used by the IACC and where I work every day

and sommelier from the restaurant RPM Italian in Chicago.  The masterclass includes educational presentations about the significance of authentic Italian products, specifically the DOP and IGP certifications, as well as a delicious food and wine tasting of traditional dishes from Veneto, Italy.  I was able to discuss my research to my supervisor and begin working with her on a formal program for the masterclass to present to the guests from RPM as well as higher executives in the IACC.

One of my favorites parts of my first day was learning how to use the office espresso machine.  Annalisa, a graphic designer for the IACC, made me my first small espresso after I told her that I had never tried it before, and told me that once I started drinking espresso every day that it would be difficult to stop.  So far she’s been right because I have had one almost every day since then!

Everyone in the office is very welcoming and speaks Italian all of the time.  They speak mostly English to me right now, but assured me that by the end of my internship, we will have improved so that I will be ready when I study abroad in Bologna, Italy next semester.  June is a very busy month for the IACC filled with different events and I am looking forward to participating in them all!