Devin Baker ’18 has the opportunity to write her own Centre Experience story through an internship with the Jacksonville Magazine in Florida as an editorial intern.
“Jax Mag, as we call it, is a lifestyle magazine serving Northeast Florida and the First Coast area,” Baker said. “In my role, I write for the magazine, assist in the editing process and interview individuals and businesses in the area.”
During Baker’s internship search, this particular experience was at the top of her list. After Centre, she aspires to work in print journalism, specifically for an art magazine, and she anticipates Jacksonville Magazine will give her more opportunities to write about the arts.
“I have lived in Jacksonville for about 15 years, and this is a magazine that I have grown up with that I know to be prestigious, especially in the area,” Baker said. “It was an opportunity I could not pass up.”
While Centre does not specifically offer a journalism major, the College is known for its English program. Baker feels Centre has helped her improve her writing through other classes.
“One thing I learned at Centre is that every single word matters, and this becomes especially important when I’m working with a deadline and a word limit,” she said. “I am much more aware of what I’m writing and selection of one word over another.”
In addition to what Baker learned in her classes, she felt prepared for her internship based on other work she has done in the field, like writing for the Cento, the student newspaper, and serving as the editor in chief of Centre’s Odyssey Online presence.
“It means the world and more to have an experience like this,” Baker said. “It means even more to me that I am enjoying it. It’s very self-affirming when you find something you love and it clicks for you.”
By the end of the internship, Baker expressed how her goal is to contribute a feature piece to the magazine.
“At the end of the day, I’m just hoping to continue to learn from and build connections with my colleagues,” she concluded.
by Kerry Steinhofer
June 20, 2017