The Musings of a New Intern

On May 14th, I graduated from Drake University with a four-year degree in Magazine journalism. Two days later, I started at Welland Laike Communication. I really didn’t know what to expect. After all, public relations writing is the opposite of what I had spent four years studying: magazine editorial can be long, windy and self-indulgent while PR writing is concise, razor sharp and message-oriented. I had some experience in the marketing department at Meredith Corporation, but I feared that the adjustment, both in culture and writing style, would be a rocky one.

Fortunately, I was dead wrong on both counts. In big corporate environments, it’s all too easy to fade into the wallpaper, but at Welland Laike that is quite literally impossible¬ — it’s just me and my boss Steve Miller in a lime-colored attic loft, collaborating closely. Being the only intern — and the only employee on site — creates a lot of responsibility, but I welcome the challenge. The whole point of an internship is to gain as much tangible experience as possible, and I’m finding it in spades at Welland Laike.

In my first couple weeks on the job, I’ve written several newsletter drafts for You Should Know, worked on the podcast’s website and even driven up to Minnesota for a couple of days with Steve to attend meetings. Whew. I didn’t do that much in the entirety of my previous internship, let alone in two weeks!

It’s been a whirlwind beginning, but as I’m settling in I look forward to tackling even bigger and more diverse projects. Check back from time to time to see what I’m up to!

Lucas McMillan
Recent college grad, Welland Laike intern, all-around whiz