Intern Diaries: A Dead Bird’s Funeral (and Other Internship Stories)

It feels like it was just yesterday when I walked into the Supplycart office for the first time, ready for my 12 pm interview. But after three months, an unhealthy amount of coffee, and a wealth of experiences later, I am stunned to find myself sitting at my desk to write this article – my final (gasp!) assignment as an intern at Supplycart.

You may ask, what did I do in these 3 months? Make coffee, wash the dishes, mop the floor? Well… a few times , but there was definitely a whole lot more that I had the opportunity to contribute to.

For example, I could tell you about the spreadsheets and databases that I helped to streamline. I could tell you about the sales that I assisted in closing. I could tell you about the fruit packing, the sales calls, the super-long meetings. But ultimately, doing that would be like showing you a puzzle piece-by-piece, or an image pixel-by-pixel; it just wouldn’t be the full picture. My time at Supplycart was far more than just assignments and work-related tasks, and the ‘other things’ are what I will definitely remember when I look back to my time here.

I will remember my first office lunch (when I got to meet the team),

I will remember my last office lunch (I guess I like sitting in the same spot),

I will remember the funeral my colleagues and I conducted for a dead bird we found outside the office,

I will remember the afternoon when I converted my tiny car into an emergency Papermobile,

and of course, I will remember the time when the office threw a surprise birthday party for the November babies (including yours truly!) – shout out to Carmen for organizing a smashing one! –

So as you can see, it has been an amazing journey, and I have learnt so much in the space of these three months. I have gained so many skills and received so many lessons from observing and working with my colleagues in all the departments (Strategy, Sales, Marketing) that I have been rotated to. From learning about the ins-and-outs of the startup industry here in Malaysia, to learning how to befriend oldies (like my colleagues ), my time here at Supplycart has left me with a multitude of memories and lessons that I will keep with me for a very long time.

And now, as I prepare to say goodbye to my desk (and desk partner Mariah),

my table-side view,

my crazy colleagues (exhibit #1: the Rainbow Chicken depicted below),

and this amazing pantry (!!!),

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Supplycart for giving this scrappy kid (me) a chance to prove himself.

My greatest gratitude goes out to the company for providing me with my first foray into the working world, and to my colleagues for always treating me like an equal in the workplace. It has been incredibly inspiring to intern at a company that is customer-centric and realises that happy employees = happy clients. I wish the company and my colleagues all the best for the future, and I look forward to seeing what great heights Supplycart can – and will – rise to!


This article was written by Caleb Fong, who interned at Supplycart from September to December 2017. He is on a gap year before university, and is notorious for leaving the office early to “nurture the young minds” of the students that he tutors… or whatever that means.

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