This week marks the completion of my internship with both the Center for Digital Engagement at Ann Arbor SPARK and MoxyTech. It has been quite a fun experience and I am so happy I had the opportunity to work with such lovely people for the past nine weeks.
I honestly was never expected to be given another opportunity this summer to work after my initial internship at HarperCollins in Grand Rapids, Michigan was cancelled due to COVID. On a whim I applied for this internship when I saw an ad for it in an email back in May. After my first interview, I knew I had found the place I needed to be this summer. Despite the craziness of the world around me, I was able to keep the marketing and communication gears in my brain turning for the past two months.
Pushed far out of my comfort zone, I was able to successfully jump on board with MoxyTech and help them with their communication needs. It was a great learning experience to write from a perspective outside of my university, the place where I have been writing consistently for over two years. Although I had some doubts about myself and what I was doing, with some guidance from my boss and the encouragement of the mentor team at SPARK, I was able to find confidence in the work I produced.
I am extremely thankful for the past nine weeks and all the new skills that I am able to take away from this internship. A few of these skills are
- Communicating with coworkers and mentors successfully in a completely virtual environment
- Writing for a medical technology company
- Translating research articles into engaging, accessible blog posts
- Networking strategies and resume building
- Using the program DMesh
- Learning basic html
- Gaining my Adobe Photoshop Certification
- Gaining my CDE-SPARK Digital Media Certification
Without a doubt, this summer has been a challenge, but, again, I am so thankful for the learning and networking opportunities I was given this summer. I was even invited to speak more on one of my favorite topics (content and creative writing!) on an intern spotlight Facebook live session on August 13.
As the summer comes to a close, I look forward to keeping in touch with the connections I have made along with beginning my job as a marketing assistant and writing consultant on Concordia’s campus for my final year as a college student!
I want to give a special thanks to the leader of clinic, Bud Gibson who encouraged me every week to take pride in my work. I also want to thank my boss at MoxyTech for being an incredible person to work for, despite never being able to meet in person, Eric Maslowski. Also, a final thank you to my clinic partner and now friend, Fernando Bohorquez, who is an up-and-coming entrepreneur in Michigan. He is definitely a fantastic work partner and I am excited to see where his next steps in the professional world lead him!