I honestly thought that this assignment wouldn't be too difficult. I feel like I have to explain what I do in college for research at least once a week to newly met peers or some random family friends. After a while, I figured what terms are best not to use and which are a lot more feasible for people (shear wave splitting vs seismology stuff (or even easier: earthquake stuff)).
For my elevator speech, my intended audience was people outside of seismology.
I also believe in "short & sweet" so I tried to make it as short yet clear as possible.
Personal note (aka rambling): shameless self-promotion, such as pushing an elevator speech, is tough for me. I think a lot depends on the context of the situation, and I would most likely not just randomly butt-in out of the blue and tell people "hey, in my iris internship, I look at coda waves to study fractures underground for the general purpose of improving geotechincal solutions worldwide" (or something like that); it would feel very out of place and unwanted. I think what scares me is the term 'elevator speech', implying that it will happen in an elevator (scary because you can't run away until the ride is over).
Conclusions of rambling: chances are, the speech will be put forth not in an elevator, but at a conference/symposium. And chances are, saying the speech won't be so out of the blue (it will be somewhat relevant either way). Thus, it's great practice to write one out and practice, but for a modest person, it feels uncomfortably forced to engage in an activity like this. However, if a person wants to a) expand his/her networking and b) break the chains of the imposter syndrome, writing an elevator speech will prove very useful.
For this summer's internship, the main goal for me is quite simple: be more knowledgeable than before.
More specifically, I would like to see how seismology and hydrology can coincide (or how we can study one thanks to the other), and get the sense of how operations in a National Laboratory are performed (the hierarchy, speed of actions, science vs bureacracy, field work opportunities, collaborations etc.).
To break up the goals into more quantifiable segments, I shall list what I want to achieve in each part of the internship.
Note: after pondering about this, I realized it's quite tough to say what I want to have achieved by each third of the internship. I have a number of goals for myself, but they are meant to be developed gradually over the entire course of the project. Thus, I will list out some general goals and see how I can figure out whether I achieved them by the end of it all.