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April 30, 2020

Starting Out on the "Write" Foot

Hi, I'm Jed Edwards '20! My work for Guilford’s Office of Advancement has been in the capacity of a student writer, creating stories for the digital Gazette publication twice a month.

I’ve held this position for three years; in my sophomore year I was a part-time intern, but I became a full student writer during my junior and senior years — writing at least one piece for every issue. As an English major, I have also been able to use this internship to gain credits for the ‘practical application’ requirement of my studies. 

This internship has definitely been an educational and rewarding experience, in which I have learned as much about myself as a writer as I have about the topics I cover for the different issues. 

My assignments have allowed me to meet new members of the Guilford community, attend an array of events on and off-campus, and gain new insights into the workings and diversity of the college as a whole.

My favorite part has probably been all of the incredible people who I’ve been able to meet; from current students to alumni to faculty and staff  to family members. I’ve learned dozens of fascinating stories from folks who have been an integral part of Guilford history, and I feel very privileged to have been able to share those stories through my writing. 

This was also one of the most difficult parts of the job, at least initially, as I am not the most outgoing individual and always used to find interacting with new people more of a task. But thanks to this internship I’ve been able to develop those skills and am now much more competent when approaching an interview with the people I profile, whether it be in-person or virtual, strengthening my ability as a journalistic writer. 

While I initially found it difficult to process and present the large amounts of information or very detailed anecdotes from the people I interviewed, I am now much more proficient in the concise, factual approach that is integral to good journalistic articles.

All in all, it has been a very fruitful experience. This internship has given me many skills that I am excited to take with me in my life after Guilford, and I am very grateful for having had the opportunity to work with the wonderful folks in Advancement! 

Read more blogs from Guilford students detailing their internship experiences at Experience Matters.