Today’s Intern Update features Jessica Fletcher, the Student Editor-in-Chief of Issue 17 of Superstition Review.
With BAs in both English and Psychology as well as a minor in Family and Human Development and even an MA in Mental Health Counseling, Jessica has been working as a Clinical Therapist for Bayless Integrated Healthcare since last year. There, she provides mental health counseling for all ages in community and integrated healthcare settings.
Jessica has also worked as an MC intern for the City of Tempe Counseling Services, providing individual and couples counseling for all sorts of people, from children to adolescents to adults.
We are so proud of you Jessica!
If you’d like to learn more, you can visit Jessica’s LinkedIn profile here.
Today’s Intern Update features Shelby Kazen, an advertiser from Issue 16 of Superstition Review.
With a BA in English, Shelby recently began working as a Video Collaboration Specialist at Logitech, a multi-brand company designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing. Their mission is to continually enhance how customers connect and interact with the digital world.
Shelby also worked as the Director of Marketing for the Atlas Artist Group, where she collaborated with musicians to develop advertising strategies best suited for their overall goals. These could include driving traffic to streaming platforms or ticketing sites, or increasing views on music videos.
We are so proud of you Shelby!
If you’d like to learn more, you can visit Shelby’s LinkedIn profile here.
Today’s Intern Update features Sydni Budelier, a blogger for Issue 11 of Superstition Review.
With a BA in English/Creative Writing, Sydni has been working as the Director of Communications at Hope for the Day, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing suicide through outreach, education, and action.
Sydni has also worked as a print editorial intern for Nylon Magazine, where she was even featured as a contributing writer in the May 2015 print issue for film review on Far From the Madding Crowd.
We are so proud of you Sydni!
If you’d like to learn more, you can visit Sydni’s LinkedIn here.
I have an English degree, and I’m a proposal coordinator for an engineering company. How in the (real) world did that happen?
When I told people I was majoring in English, the response was usually, “Are you going to teach, or work at Starbucks?” I have neither the patience nor tact for teaching. I’d scream every time a student wrote about a dream or heaven forbid, a vampire. Maybe I just really hate vampires. Maybe I wanted to defy every person who ever said an English degree was only for future baristas of America.
I graduated college three years ago. I worked on the first Superstition Review issue with Trish and she directed my committee for my Barrett Honors College thesis. My premise? I don’t really know anything! That principle hasn’t really changed to this day. It sounds pessimistic at first, but it’s actually become a mantra for personal success.
I’m 25, and smack dab in the middle of an age group known for being brash. So, I feel that I can grow as a person by acknowledging and honing the few things I do know (in comparison to all the things there are to know in the world). Basically, I hope to avoid the pitfall of becoming another foolhardy, unemployed, 20-something of the Millennial generation.
I had five editorial internships in college and still didn’t have a “real world” lead when I graduated. I thought I wanted to go into publishing, but the job well was dry at the time. My internship mentor suggested marketing positions; sometimes their descriptions are similar to editorial work. This was some of the best advice I ever received, and I found several comparable options.
The one that stuck out to me was this engineering firm. I looked at their website and saw a company that designs roads, builds museums, encourages sustainable energy options, keeps water and shorelines clean. I wanted to be a part of this. I walked into the interview and said, “I don’t know anything about engineering. But, I do know words, and I know them well.” I proved it with an editing test, and got the job.
My title is “proposal coordinator.” I write, edit, and produce proposals detailing my company’s qualifications for completing a project. From designing wastewater treatment plants in California to expanding ports in Florida, I create books aiming to persuade clients that we are the right team for the job. I work with a project manager to develop the text and design an interesting, effective document. The engineers provide the technical know-how, and I provide the understanding of English and a creative eye. It’s the perfect symbiotic relationship for two people who know their respective topics. The projects range from a few thousand dollars to a few million, and help us intelligently plan for using/replenishing Earth’s resources well into the future.
I still freelance for one of my mentors, writing pieces for local magazines. It’s a nice creative outlet when the technical talk starts to take over and I need a break. I’ve approached the “real world” a lot like I approached college. Humility and embracing the big picture that there is always room to grow has served me unbelievably well, and I’m grateful for every day that I’m gainfully employed at my job. Plus, there aren’t any vampires.
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