School/Major: University of Washington – Creative Writing
Graduation Date: June 2016
- Where I See Myself In 5 Years:
My plans tend to change time and time again. One moment I see myself working in an office, someplace entrenched in the literary world such as publishing or editing, the next moment I see myself writing children’s books while posting short stories to my imaginary popular blog. For now, it’s all rose-colored glasses and daydreaming. However, wherever I end up, I know I’ll be indulging my passions for reading and writing while incorporating those elements into a professional work life.
- What I Learned:
GreenRubino is a wonderful environment for growth and exploration. I’ve never worked in an office focused on marketing, advertising, or PR, so the plethora of information and ‘behind-the-scenes’ I was able to see and experience was extremely enriching.
While pulling off a degree in creative writing, GreenRubino offered many opportunities for me to stretch my creative fingers outside of the classroom. Their guidance was appreciated, and it made me feel like an important addition to the company through my three months in office. This inclusion ultimately opened up different ways for me to express my love for writing through professional avenues, equipped with new experience for future endeavors after graduation.
- Favorite GR Project Or Memory:
When I was still living in my hometown in Silverdale, Wash., I worked in a very small local brewery — so small that there were only five of us in the entire company: the brewer, the bottler, and three ‘beertenders.’ As you can imagine, working there sparked my love for beer and brewery culture, and that special brewery ended up becoming one of my favorite places to work. Fast forward a couple years, and it’s just my luck that I happen to intern with a company who represents a great local brewery in Seattle! Redhook’s projects were by far the most enjoyable in my experience, from writing their press releases to creating beer packages.
I was also getting into the show ‘Twin Peaks’ in the fall, and it was fun coming across articles involving ‘Twin Peaks’ and Salish Lodge & Spa (and also slowly evolving into a “Peaks Freak’ with Kelly).
- Advice For Future Interns:
Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want! GreenRubino is a great place to explore your capabilities and desires in a professional setting, and everyone here is kind and supportive to your unique position as an intern. If you feel like you would like to get in touch with other departments, your mentors will make sure to set up meetings or appointments so you can talk to a variety of people throughout the company. Jump in feet first and just ask –the only thing holding you back from prospective opportunities is yourself.