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Thinking about seizing the day: editing internship

September 13, 2012

Two weeks ago, I had an assignment for my journalism class that required me to go onto Journalismjobs.com. As I scrolled through the listings for online reporters and graphic designers, my eyes stopped on an advertisement for a Copy Editing Intern with a website. I looked at the description and requirements and found the position intriguing. Because I loved my experience as a copy editor in high school and have a passion for all things grammar (National Punctuation Day is in 11 days, by the way), I decided to apply on a whim. I had to write, in just three sentences, why I want to be a copy editing intern, submit a resume and edit a piece for them.

Today, I received an email from one of the copy editors at the company telling me I had the qualifications they were looking for and officially offering me a position as an editing intern. I was completely ecstatic. I edit things for fun, and now, I could get real-world experience as a copy editing intern!

Being a copy editor for my newspaper was probably the best experience I had in high school. This internship seems absolutely perfect for me. The only thing holding me back is the time commitment. It requires 15 hours a week (on my own schedule), which doesn’t seem like a lot, but I already feel like I’m doing schoolwork much of the time.

That being said, I know I can’t not accept this internship. I feel like this is a pretty pivotal moment for me. I don’t want to not do this and then look back years from now and wonder if this decision was wrong. I don’t want to regret not seizing the day, and most of all, I don’t want to receive a rejection letter from a program and ask myself what if I had taken that copy editing internship. I want to know that when I apply for more things in the future, I did everything in my power and proved myself to the best of my abilities. I keep telling people journalism is what I want to do, and what does that say about me if I don’t take advantage of this great opportunity? I want to learn more about copy editing and become better at it and learn more about the world through it.

Two more things. A year ago, I read a commencement speech by Robert Krulwich that left an impression on me. Here is a highlight:

“Think about NOT waiting your turn… If you can fall in love, with the work, with the people you work with, with your dreams and their dreams. Whatever it was that got you to this school, don’t let it go. Whatever kept you here, don’t let that go. Believe in your friends. Believe that what you and your friends have to say, that the way you’re saying it, is something new in the world. And don’t stop. Just hold on, keep loving what you love, and you’ll see. In the end, they’ll let you stay.”

I highly recommend reading his whole speech, at least from the line that begins “So for this age” to the end. That’s absolutely the best part, and it tells me I cannot pass up this chance.

The other thing is this: this summer, I chatted with someone about those “what ifs” and taking advantage of opportunities to follow dreams. She introduced me to the introduction to “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho, in which the author discusses having the courage to confront our dreams. The last line is as follows:

“If you believe yourself worthy of the things you fought so hard to get, then you become an instrument of God, you help the Soul of the World, and you understand why you are here.”

I deserve this; I know I do. It’s my turn.

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