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Student parlays writing skills

Kristina Pepelko

What can you do with an English degree? Or with a writing degree? Ask junior Kristina Pepelko. The double major in English and creative writing secured an interesting position at a nonprofit association.

Over the summer, Pepelko served as an intern for the Michigan Physical Therapist Association and worked with a management company, Association Management Resources.

Pepelko heard about the position through networking and found out MPTA was interested in hiring a writing major for help on some projects in the legislative communications area. "Before interning at MPTA, I had no idea what an association management company was," Pepelko said. "Now that I'm here, I see the benefits all around. The services that AMR provides allow the MPTA to work more effectively and efficiently."

Pepelko's supervisor, Marcy Dwyer, MPTA executive director said, "I do see careers for students who major in writing and communication with nonprofit associations. Nonprofits are still a vital career pathway for people seeking employment in Michigan."

Pepelko said she learned many things during her internship including how important writing and communication skills are. "I can now see how these areas can be used on a day-to-day basis while fulfilling the association's vision and main objectives," she said. "It was also nice to see that being a good at writing is always a wanted and much-needed skill in the working world."  

When not working, Pepelko enjoys cooking and baking, writing short stories and children's books, and advocating for environmental protection along with animal rights. Following graduation, she hopes to participate in Teach For America and pursue an advanced degree in fiction writing or public policy.

by Kevin Virant

This story was filed with the tags: Academic Excellence, Careers, Internships