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    Jason Warne was an intern at Alive Communications in the summer of 2010.

    Tell us a little about yourself.
    I grew up in a small town in Indiana where the main street consisted of the intersection of two railways and a road, which was enough of a spectacle to merit two churches and two pubs. It was guaranteed that no matter where in the town you lived, you were on the bad side of one set of tracks or another.

    When I was old enough, I found an excuse to escape – college – which was better than my backup plan, since the French Foreign Legion actually requires physical labor. I was very excited when I heard about the program at Alive because I’ve always been interested in the publishing industry, and it was quite an opportunity for a kid who had never been west of St. Louis.

    How did you find a place to live in Colorado Springs?
    I had placed calls to a number of local churches and inquired about a place to live, and I had found a few good leads, but living in an unfurnished basement was not my idea of how to spend a summer in Colorado, so I kept searching. I found a listing on Craigslist and met a great family who gave me a room, but not before meeting a number of creepy people – so if you use Craigslist, be careful. It’s a great resource, but you ought to always have a healthy amount of skepticism.

    For anyone out there who is wondering where they are going to live while they do the program, I’d also recommend a website called Couchsurfing.org. It’s very reliable and the people I have met there have been incredibly nice. I probably would have relied on it more heavily, had I found it sooner.

    For people who are new to the Springs, what advice would you give for getting around town?
    Some CO Springs residents may disagree with me, but I thought the traffic was very laid back and easy to navigate, even in rush hour – Colorado drivers seem to have double or triple the sanity of Chicago drivers, so it was a pleasant and time-efficient change to not have to say my prayers and update my will every time I got on the road.

    If you don’t have access to a car, I’ve noticed that Colorado Springs has a wealth of bike paths and sidewalks – more than I’ve ever seen in a big city, and the weather in the summer never gets too hot or humid. There is also a bus stop near the Alive offices, so if you happen to live near a place to get on the bus, that would be very convenient.

    Is there anything else that someone new to Colorado ought to know before they get here – a bit of insider information?

    Sure. During July, it seems like it has rained for at least five minutes every single day, around 3 p.m. It comes and goes so fast that I’ve learned to just always assume that it might rain, and to prepare accordingly.

    How was your experience with Alive Communications?
    Well, I’ll put it this way: all summer, I’ve been hearing my friends complain about their internships – bad hours, busy-work, poor supervision – and I felt guilty when they asked me how mine was going, because I was having fun.

    The work was diverse, and I was free to approach it in a way that made sense to me. I felt like I was really bringing my skills to the table, and making a meaningful contribution for my efforts. And don’t get me started on my co-workers – I have scarcely met a more fun and friendly bunch of people.