Ellie McLellan's blog

Breakfast with the Boss

As part of my internship with Women At Risk, International I had breakfast with the president of the organization this week as well as my fellow interns. We met with Becky at 8:30 on Wednesday morning and got the chance to sit in her office with her and talk about the organization and our internships while having coffee and donuts. She asked us about our majors in college and our future plans. I had not met her before, but she immediately gave me a big hug when I walked in her office door.

Another Week, Another Article

This week I have been writing a new article for the Women at Risk, International website. This one is international news, which is a nice change, since I normally write domestic news. The article is about the flooding in Peru, which has been especially bad this year, 94 people have already died wither from flooding or the mudslides that the rain causes. When I sent my rough draft to my supervisor she had hardly any changes for me to make this time. That made me feel really confident, like I was getting to know their house style better the more articles I write there.

Early Mornings

Something that I have noticed at my internship site is that I am often the first person to arrive. Due to the way that my class and work schedules are set up it is often easiest for me to go to my internship early in the morning. This means that my work day usually starts around eight in the morning at my internship, the time that the office opens. Often though, I am the only one there at 7:45. This is not really an issue when it comes to me having work to do. I usually get the lights turned, get my computer started up, and start working on projects that I already have.

Writing on the Job

Fitting in with the writing style at my internship has not been too difficult so far. One thing that was very helpful was that the place where I work has their writing style almost down to a science. They have their own sort of miniature style guide that they showed me when I first started there which I have had access to. I also got help and feedback from my supervisors about how I could change what I had written for them in a way which would fit in more cohesively with their own house style.


I really want to come across to my audience as a capable writer and editor with a lot of passion for my work. I don't like the idea that a portfolio will not be comprehensive, but it is, of course, impossible to include everything you have ever done, even everything good you have done. If a portfolio is representative rather than comprehensive, then I think I want my portfolio to represent the things that I feel most passionate about and the things that I feel that I do best.

Linked In Tips

I had not really had any idea how many different tips and conversation there was surrounding how to do a Linked In profile. I have gotten emails in the past from peers asking to add me on Linked In, but I have never had any experience with it outside of that. From the lists of tips and tricks and from what we have talked about in class it does seem like a tool that could be extremely useful when trying to find a job.

Busy Week

The past week at my internship site was a busy one. My main supervisor is finally back from her vacation, which seems both good and bad. I had really gotten to know the other writer at the site who I had been working with, since she's the one who I have been working with these past two weeks. My main supervisor is really nice, I just don't feel like we have the same rapport that the woman I had been working with and I did. Hopefully with a little time we can get there.

First Article (and Other Assignments)

I have been getting a lot more fun and interesting assignments at my internship the last couple of weeks. I just finished my first article for the WAR, Int'l Website. The article is about human trafficking increasing during the Super Bowl and will be posted this Friday in time for Super Bowl Sunday. I got to choose the topic myself and I did a lot of research once I had chosen. My first draft was well received by my supervisor and we were able to work together to finish it and get it ready to post. I feel a lot more confident now about being able to possibly do more articles in the future.

What I've Learned

So far in my experience at my internship I've learned that I am much happier when I have a job to do and a goal set for myself. Sometimes in these first few weeks I will just have ongoing busy-work to occupy me, rather than a project with a time constraint and a definite goal. When I have these projects to do I've found that it's much easier to stay focused and motivated in order to get something done well and finished before my deadline.

WAR Int'l Internship

This semester I will be working as an intern for Women at Risk International of Grand Rapids. My position is as a technical and creative writing intern. I will help the organization with different writing tasks in a mix of creative and professional writing, on their blog for example. I will be given different projects during my time there which will help the organization. I will also read from their selected book list and gain more knowledge about the issues they help to combat.