From a simple submissions post on my college jobs board, I began my writing internship for Global Site Plans in May 2011. As an undergrad I had dipped my feet in creative writing, authoring several articles for student publications, however blogging for The Grid was to be a new experience unlike any I had undertaken before. What started out as a six month internship expanded into over a year-long position where I stretched myself, and occasionally the patience of my editors, as a writer and researcher. I plan to implement the invaluable skills I’ve developed as a GSP blogger to succeed in other writing positions and advancement throughout my college career.
My internship experience directly overlapped with the gap year between my undergraduate and graduate architecture education. Writing during this educational hiatus on topics ranging from urban planning in cities around the world to specific structures in cities dotting the Midwest, I rediscovered what motivates me to be an architect. Often academic study kept me from stopping to smell the proverbial roses; and as a writer I learned to simply appreciate the tireless work of other designers both contemporary and classical.
I leave Global Site Plans to begin my graduate coursework in Architecture. As integrated communication and idea exchange through the multiple platforms entrenches itself in everyday life, my exposure to these systems through this internship will help me in innumerable ways. Global Site Plans clearly has a handle on innovative web branding, however, more important to me, as demonstrated by the creation of The Grid, they also understand and appreciate the field of design in its many iterations. I leave the Grid gratefully, not only with more developed skills, but a reawakened excitement for architecture.