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Max Formato – Week Five

Max Formato

3 August 2016

After five wonderful weeks, my internship has come to a close!

Arriving outside FEE's office for the last time!

This last week has been productive and diverse. To start off the week, I worked closely alongside Max Hill and Michael Hodges on the task of reviewing the correspondence archives between FEE and other organisations. This provided the opportunity to gain a first-hand insight into the history of the think-tank, whilst gaining exposure to the pressing economic, political, and social climate at the times of writing.

With FEE's Web Projects Manager, Jason Kelly

Complementing this endeavour, I aided the web development team with their latest online venture: ‘FEE Community’. We tested the website on several mobile devices with the task of identifying website bugs prior to its approaching public release. This project has been in the works for the last few months and it was particularly exciting to be of support during its final development stages.

After a bustling first half of the week in the office, I was lucky enough to score cheap tickets and attend a Guns n’ Roses show at the Georgia Dome. It was the first time the band had reunited in twenty years which attracted a debaucherous and fervent crowd at what was the largest domed structure in the world upon its initial opening.

Behold; Georgia Dome!

To cap off my final week in Atlanta, I had the privilege of working alongside the Programs team at the Southeast Homeschool Expo. This convention is the largest of its kind in the United States and provided the opportunity to introduce parents and students alike to FEE’s online courses, seminars, and educational resources. Working as a team, Elizabeth Sorby and I gained dozens of emails for FEE’s mailing list and met numerous leaders in the home-schooling community of whom were enthused at the prospect of working with FEE in the future. We also gave out a tonne of lollies, merchandise, and had an enjoyable time showing all the children our signature ‘Plinko’ game to win a prize!

FEE's merchandise at the Southeast Homeschool Expo!

My sincere thanks goes out to the entire team at FEE for their gracious Southern hospitality and for allowing me to work with some of the brightest minds in the libertarian world.

Goodbye Atlanta! You will be missed.

The experience has been intellectually invigorating and profoundly educational and I have Mannkal to deeply thank.  In particular I would love to express my gratitude to Scholarships Coordinator Kate Wagstaff, Chief Executive Officer Paul McCarthy, and Chairman Ron Manners for funding and organising this occasion in the first place. It has been phenomenal.

It is now time to board my flight to Chicago, Illinois and make my journey back to Perth! Farewell!

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