It feels a little anticlimactic to end this blog series while I still have a few more weeks of the internship, so I'm trying to reflect on some quantitative stuff to land on something a little punchy. I also figure this'd be a good way to prepare for representing the outcome of my internship to potential employers later on.
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At this point, it’s really starting to feel like crunch time as far as figuring out what my next move after graduation is going to be. My internship boss keeps casually bringing up how much writing work there is to do, how many more clients he’s picked up over the past couple of weeks, and how he’d ideally have me in the office 40 hours a week.
Lately my biggest concern with my internship is a general quality of becoming slightly burnt out. This semester has been a difficult one for me, because I've hardly been stretched any thinner before. I'm working two jobs and doing the internship, on top of my last couple of classes. I put in about 50 hours a week just to show up to all of those things, so that's not including all the stuff I have to do outside of work/school hours, as well as extracurricular obligations like fishladder or the Grand Valley Journal of History.
There have been a few big challenges regarding my slipping into the organizational voice here at Spider Marketing Group (literally just changed from Rev Web). The biggest involve my ongoing struggle with abandoning linking verbs, and the push to embody a certain financially-incentivized bias in the portrayal of different topics.
For my digital portfolio, I really want to emphasize a sense of versatility in writing styles. The work for my internship will be crucial in establishing a professional writing identity, but I also want my achievements in creative and scholarly writing to be emphasized — perhaps even more so.
The last year or two has been a real wake-up call in terms of needing to familiarize myself with different social media platforms. I’m definitely a proper child of the internet, but as far as social media I never really moved far past Facebook, with little to no experience with stuff like Twitter or Instagram.
This has been an interesting week for the internship, and one that confirms my having a fairly cool supervisor. I was invited to give a panel presentation at Marygrove College in Detroit — requiring my attendance on Monday and Tuesday of this week — and even though the invite was very last minute (I only heard from them on the Thursday before), my boss was really cool about letting me work remotely. (This isn’t the first time either; he’s even reached out a couple mornings when the weather was pretty rough and offered the chance to work from home.)
I think the moment I’ve felt most proud so far was when the friend who first referred me to this position sent me a screenshot of a text my boss had sent her, saying that he thought I was doing a great job and thanking her for the referral. I was (and still am to some extent) feeling a bit uncertain about how well I was doing, or what exactly he was thinking about me, so seeing that was a kind of warm relief.
It's been a few weeks at Rev now, and I think I'm getting properly acclimated at this point. I still feel a little uneasy and uncertain about some things, but I don't think it's anything in excess of what's expected for someone wetting their toes.
I'll be interning for Rev Web, a company that builds websites and handles web content writing, social media presence, and SEO integration for various companies. I'm expected to produce regular blog posts and social media updates for our clients, as occasionally for Rev Web itself. I've always considered myself a creative writer at heart, but there's a special challenging in figuring out the context of professional writing situations and being as productively creative within them. I also think professional writing is perhaps infinitely more lucrative than creative writing.