Along with doing my Weekly Roundup, I’ll be posting about my progress as an intern at Paste. I want to give you a sneak peek of the behind-the-scenes of working at such a prestigious magazine.
Walking into the open yet cozy workspace of Paste as an intern rather than a candidate was a different feeling. I felt like I found a comfortable safe space where all my writing dreams could come true. The moment I sat down at the makeshift desk and opened my laptop a mix of relief and anxiety came over me. I was excited to lay out my future at Paste, but I felt pressure to not mess up this amazing opportunity. But eventually, I felt comfortable and wanted by the warm and welcoming staff especially my boss Scott.
The first week at Paste was a little slow (thanks to the crazy haziness of Christmas and New Year’s). My fellow interns and I worked diligently on our laptops to bring the world any and every news story possible. Not being able to work as frequently as the others, I put pressure on myself to create a much great news content as possible. I needed to step my game up if I wanted to compete with the big boys of online publishing.
After a lazy start, week one at Paste was very exciting yet overwhelming at the same time. Week two had less pressure attached to it, but the excitement was still there.
This week at Paste felt more real than the first. I spent most of my week working on various news article while becoming more acquainted with my surroundings. Being the early bird I am, I showed up one or two days before anyone else was there. I sat patiently in my car each time just listening to the radio and checking my Twitter and email for news leads. Once in the Paste office, I immediately got to work trying to crank out as much news content as possible. It’s nice doing work that I actually enjoy rather than feel pressure to churn out content ad nauseam.
Working only three days a week has added a sense of pressure I didn’t know would hit me. I want the Paste staff to know I am worthy of this internship and a future with the magazine. With that said, my second week was more fast-paced and informative. I slowly learned that I might be a little technology illiterate when it comes to composing written work for the internet. But I definitely a fast learner with each stumble being a teaching moment (thanks, Scott). Hopefully, over the next few weeks, I will not only grow as a writer but as a writer for future endeavors.
Week two was more of a whirlwind with the internship, my part-time job and starting my fifth quarter as a Writing graduate. Eventually, my life will balance itself out.