Hey there CALYX supporters!
I’ve been an intern at CALYX for a bit more than a month now, and I thought it would be fun for me to share with you what I’ve been doing and what I’ve learned so far.
I have to say that one of my favorite activities is to open the mail, because there are always good surprises, and I really enjoy being the messenger who tells the staff about the donations we receive daily. These are always greatly appreciated, and I like to know that they do help a good cause. Since this is the first thing I do in the morning, my days at CALYX start on a very positive note. So, thank you donators!
Apart from this, my main activities revolve around helping to put together the next Journal issue – issue 26.3 that will be published next summer. I typed the selected poetry so that it can be formatted to fit the way it should appear in the Journal. I was also asked to take a close look at the prose and the book reviews as I was told I was going to participate in the copy edit meetings! I was really excited about this because this area is of particular interest to me. The CALYX team has been really helpful in handing me sheets covering lots of information, which I really needed because I was totally new to the conventions of copy editing. We had two copy edit meetings, and I loved being part of these. I am glad that I could share my views and I really appreciate to be given a chance to start learning from professionals. I know this will be a valuable experience that I will be able to use later on, wherever I end up going.
Another big project of mine is to set up readings to promote published authors and CALYX. I just started working on this, so I still am in the process of researching venues for the readings. I can already tell you that it is going to be an interesting experience because I’ve never done anything like this before.
See, that’s also what CALYX is about: introducing motivated people to a new realm of possibilities in a reassuring atmosphere. I’m really grateful to be part of such a team. Thanks to the support of these women, I never felt lost or scared because I knew I could ask them for guidance anytime I needed it. This is a major point, as I do not feel out of place like I have sometimes felt in the past on other internships. I’m talking about this uncomfortable feeling that interns sometimes get because they don’t really have a distinct place and are mostly in the way of staff members who, contrary to them, have clear positions – a job title, an office, a well-defined role in the team. Well, here at CALYX, I do feel integrated, which is very important to me because I know that everything I do is meaningful. Thus, instead of simply being “there,” I am part of a whole, and this sense of connection with the community is definitely beneficial to me. Thank you CALYX!
Until next time,
My views do not necessarily represent those of CALYX.