I decided to do the Internship in Writing Arts for the experience. As a college student, doing an internship is an important part of professionally developing yourself in your field. In the field of writing, there are various career paths you can find yourself taking. Considering this, the responsibilities that came along with the internship varied in nature. My expectations from the internship included building my professional portfolio and networking with other Writing Arts students and faculty outside of my typical classes, and by the end of the semester, I found that these expectations were met!
My main project this semester as an intern was reaching out to Writing Arts alumni. I reached out to Writing Arts graduates from the years 2013, 2014, and 2015. The focus of this project was to create a page on the Writing Arts website about careers in writing arts. I think I struggled the most with this project because I’m not sure what career path to take yet. Starting the website article was difficult, but once I began writing and drafting, I figured out why careers in writing arts matters—because writing is only half of a Writing Arts major’s future career; while, the other half consists of the writer’s passions and interests. I was happy with the outcome of this article because I think it shows how rewarding and valuable it is to be a Writing Arts graduate. The careers in writing arts page is not public yet since I’m working on the page’s visual layout next semester.
I also used the data from alumni responses in two other smaller projects. All of the responses I received from alumni were added to the alumni pages (divided by B.A. and M.A.) on the website. The other project I worked on with the alumni data is the Writer’s Insider article I wrote about my learning outcomes with the outreach process. In the article, I focused on my optimism for a worthwhile career after graduating from Rowan. I was satisfied with the outcome of this project, even though I wish it could have revealed my dream job. I do not know what I want to do still, but this resistance to figuring it out was not broken this semester.
One thing I struggled with was finding adequate visual representations for both the careers in writing arts page and the Writer’s Insider article. Both have no images as of now. One potential thing I want to work on next semester as my second time as intern is updating the department’s stock photography. One reason being that none of the current images efficiently represent my articles which focus on careers and post-graduation. Another reason to update the stock photographs is because of the recent additions to Rowan’s campus which would serve as great stock images.
Throughout the internship, I also spent a lot of time working with Piktochart. I had never worked with Piktochart prior to the internship. I began by editing a Piktochart that was already published. I added new Writing Arts courses to “The Writer’s Journey” Piktochart, which is embedded on the Writing Arts website’s home page. I made my first Piktochart for the local internships that expressed open availability to Rowan students.
Towards the end of this semester, I made a Piktochart for the Creative Writing minor, in addition to three separate Piktocharts for the Certificates of Undergraduate Study offered through the Writing Arts Department. (Full Piktocharts are embedded at the bottom of this page.) I enjoyed working with Piktochart this semester because I think it is a useful tool that I will use in the future to create visual designs such as infographics, posters, or flyers.
I actually did make flyers for the Writing Arts Department this semester, too. I used Photoshop for this. Even though Piktochart is a useful too, it is simple to master. Photoshop, on the other hand, is much more complex. I already possessed basic knowledge of Photoshop before beginning the semester, but I wanted to use this opportunity to gain more experience in using it. I created many versions of flyers for two writing arts classes being held in the Spring of 2018—”Scientific Writing and Rhetoric” and “Rhetoric of Style.” It was interesting to see what worked and what didn’t work, in addition to what I liked compared to what others liked. For the Rhetorics of Style flyer, I took a variety of pictures with a notebook, whiteboard, pen, and printed text—sometimes excluding or including one or the other—which served as the flyer’s background image. One version with the course title handwritten was prefered over the version with the course title digitally created. While I liked the latter in comparison to the former, others considered the opposite. Overall, the process of creating the flyers was eye-opening to how people interpret visual designs differently.
Other minor projects that I worked on this semester include: designing the Practicum/Internship website page, adding internships to the Bulletin Board and Facebook page, incorporating online material to the Writing, Research, and Technology website page, and helping out with the interviews for Hannah, Ellie, Professor Luther, and Professor Kopp.
Now that the semester is over, I am thankful that I had the opportunity to do the Internship in Writing Arts. I learned so much, and I got to work with some great people. I can honestly say I look forward to seeing what next semester will bring in the internship.
Log of Hours
Click here to see the live spreadsheet which includes notes with detailed reports of internship activities.
Below is a compilation of Piktocharts I made this semester during the internship.