5. MY ROLE AT WPC

My process of finding an internship was quite stressful. It was my forth week of class, and after applying to so many companies and not hearing back, I turned to my professor for help. She suggested that I called The Women’s Press Collective, since they were looking¬†for extra¬†interns. I called that same Monday afternoon after class and spoke to Lisa Daniell, who is the Operations Manager of the organization. She insisted that I come in for an orientation on Saturday at 10am.

Claire, (who runs a similar organization based in Chicago) was in charge of the orientation that morning. After getting familiarized with the work that they do, we¬†later sat down to discuss my skills as a graphic designer and my thoughts about the organization. Danell, the Benefit Program Organizer also sat in on the interview. I felt an unexpected ease¬†during the “interview.” There was no intimidation or anxiety while speaking with Claire and Danell. Right away we started drawing out a schedule on what days I would be available and what hours were best. I mentioned that I work part-time from the afternoons, and they were more than flexible to fit me in during the morning hours. They are a volunteer based organization, so pretty much any hours that I¬†could have offered was more than enough.

After setting up my schedule, I started a print training session with Lisa and a few other interns. It was so informative learning the ins and outs of the printing system. I felt an instant connection from that very first day at the Women’s Press collective. The people, the environment and the overall vibe of the organization felt very comforting.

My¬†roles vary from day to day. There are some days where I’m working on enhancing black and white photos on Photoshop, or updating charts and notes. Recently, I was taught about the
mail-out system for their quarterly magazine, the Collective Endeavor.¬†This was quite time consuming, considering that there are no computer systems that store each member’s information. Each envelope that contained a copy of the magazine, was done one at a time, by looking through a¬†card system that was organized alphabetically. There are two sets of card systems for each member: the Master File and the Secondary file. After finding a¬†member in the Master file, we need to match that¬†member in¬†the Secondary file as well, and update each card. Then after confirming that member has been matched and updated in both file systems, a label is then placed on the envelope and¬†stamped. It was fun to experience the strategy of doing things differently.

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