Department of Writing

AJ's Story

I had known I wanted to do an internship since I was a freshman, but I wasn't sure where, or in what capacity. At the end of my junior year, I began researching different locations that might be interested in having an intern. I am very interested in doing nonprofit work after college, and the idea of using writing to help promote a cause I believe in was very appealing. I knew about the Men's Resource Center, a counseling center in downtown Grand Rapids, and so I sent an email to Randy Flood, one of the lead counselors. I'd seen his name connected to Grand Valley, through programs like the Vagina Monologues. I also sent out an email to Zondervan, but never heard back. I was in the process of researching other places when the MRC got back to me. After a series of emails, we set up an interview and discussed possible ways that I could contribute to the MRC staff as an intern.
 
 
The meeting went great, as we were able to formulate a game-plan of marketing and advertising work that would benefit the MRC. Because we shared a similar passion for stopping domestic violence, the MRC felt like a great fit. One of the biggest selling points to me about the internship was Randy's interest in promoting a book written by him and another counselor, Charlie Donaldson. During the interview, we discussed the nature of the book, entitled Stop Hurting the Woman You Love: Breaking the Cycle of Abusive Behavior. It is one of the first of its kind, targeted directly at abusive men who are looking to stop their destructive patterns of behavior. This was my first face-to-face interaction with the two of them, and our personalities clicked immediately. I was surprised by how easy it was to get into the internship, but I’m very grateful for this opportunity. The rest, as they say, is history.

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