I can’t believe that it’s week eight already. I’ve been so busy and so invested in my internship that I haven’t noticed the weeks flying by.
But ultimately, it has been the most rewarding experience of my life, not only have I felt that I have been helping out some great newspapers with great—if small—staffs, I have also felt that I have given some due credit to some great causes and great new businesses in the Portland Metro Area. (Check out Conscious Box and TurboPUP.
Through it all, I’ve gained some great contacts, folks who know a lot about Portland and have wonderful stories to tell. I’ve also gotten a thank you note, which I will cherish forever, from a Portland blues legend.
I’ve also had the opportunity to get some people on edge. My favorite call of the term was trying to get a landlord of a neglected mobile home park to call me. I left him a message that I was writing a story about the alleged “sink hole” on his property. Boy, did he call me back in a hurry.
And of course, the most obvious things that I’ve gained are the professional clips that I will be able to add to my portfolio. I’ve done pretty much everything under the sun in community newspaper. I’ve covered new business, community service projects, school board meetings, elections, real estate, and theatre. I’ve been published in three different newspapers and a monthly section. A couple of weeks ago, the editor of the larger paper called me into his office and told me about a special section that will be coming out in a little over a month. Then he asked me if I’d like to write it. The whole thing. For freelance money. I pretty much wanted to say, “Are you serious?? Heck yes!” But of course I kept my professional cool, and calmly said that I’d love (!) that.
And I’ve also gotten to meet some great designers and look over their shoulders as they walk me through their process.
My next step is kind of daunting. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve been asked what I’m planning to do next more times than I can count, and I’m still working hard on coming up with a great answer.
And right around the corner I’ve got the decision of whether or not I’d like to stay on in my current internship for the summer as well. But whatever decision I make, I can’t wait to move forward.