Write By Night
Spring 2012 Site Review
Student: Sociology Senior
My internship was with the pro-writing organization WriteByNight. WBN helps professional and amateur writers with their work, either as consultants, editors, academics, or any other variety of functionary titles that help encourage writers to engage more. As a Liberal Arts student, I find the mission of this business to be very important. WBN helps put together groups, hosts events, and allows its workspace to be shared by the general public as a writing sanctuary. These acts as well as others help put WBN forward into the local (and national) community of writers.
As per the internship: I was generally named an intern assistant. WBN is a small company, and my title basically indicates that I helped the owner with various assistance projects. Several I headed this semester included: researching webinars for online classes to be provided by WBN; formatting ebooks from already existing videos about writing and writing tips; submitting weekly blog posts focusing on the nature/business of writing; maintaining spreadsheets on membership and advertising information; planning a Meet Up event to engage in the local writing community; foster local connections to the art community as well; and several other tasks. All of these actions have helped me better understand WBN, but also reinforce a thinking-about-writing mentality that helped foster and strengthen my written communication skills. As per these tasks, I was given general guidelines, but then afforded the autonomy to see them to execution on my own time table. That was one difficult lesson to learn this semester: time management. The demands of the internship were not overwhelming by any means, but there is much to do. Overall, it is a good place to learn new skills, get practice generating professional content, and learning to research/work under your own steam.