When I first walked into a meeting with Lana Veres, the Internship Coordinator at Hood College, I didn’t know where I wanted to do my internship at or how to go about getting one. Lana told me about Cowork Frederick. I sat down and read over some information about the business and I said to myself, “why not try it?” I emailed Julia Ferguson, Keeper at Cowork Frederick, and that email started my coworking journey. At that point, I didn’t know what coworking was all about yet, but I would soon learn more about it. Learning more about coworking and Cowork Frederick was one goal, but I had a bigger goal in mind as well.
My bigger goal was to get an internship and get great experience that could help me with future career plans. I reached out to Julia and within a few days, I had an interview at Cowork Frederick. Sitting down with Glen and Julia, was another form of networking because we were communicating with each other and sharing ideas, knowledge, and creative thoughts and that’s what coworking is all about. Luckily that interview went well and Julia and Glen liked me enough to hire me as an intern for the fall 2014 semester. They told me all about Cowork Frederick and coworking in general.
Coworking is when a group of professionals, from various career paths, understands that they can work independently, but they realize they work better in a community-like environment. Coworking has five main values that every person coworking should know. Those values are: Collaboration, Openness, Community, Accessibility, and Sustainability. Knowing and understanding these values are important because they will help with building and sustaining a community of like-minded people, whose goals are to inform, entertain, and inspire others. Coworkers can put these values to good use at coworking spaces such as Cowork Frederick.
Cowork Frederick is a coworking space, which means that the building is a place where multiple freelancers can come to work on their individual projects. The building, located in the Downtown Frederick area, is beautiful. The environment is friendly and welcoming, and the events that Cowork Frederick hosts and are involved with, are all exciting and informative. All of the members at Cowork Frederick are motivated, fun, hardworking, eco-friendly, and are supportive of the local community. Unlike a typical office environment, the individuals who use coworking spaces, like Cowork Frederick, do not usually work for the same company. Photographers, social media experts, graphic designers, editors, and authors, are a few of the professions that members at Cowork Frederick have.
I believe that this internship is perfect for where I am in life right now and perfect for what I want to do in the future. I am currently a junior and a communication art major, with a focus on journalism. I also have a theatre and drama minor. Interning at Cowork Frederick will not only allow me to learn about the jobs I am interested in, it may even open my eyes to job possibilities I haven’t considered yet. After college I am thinking about going into a journalism field and possibly screenwriting. Since the members of Cowork Frederick are currently working in careers I am interested in, I am excited to meet and learn from all of them.
I would love to meet Beth Mende Conny because she is a great author. She has a master in journalism and I am thinking about going for my masters in journalism as well, so she could provide me with a lot of help relating to that. Recently, I met Matt Edens and I am excited to sit down and talk to him more. As I mentioned earlier, I am considering a career in screenwriting after college and Matt writes for television, print, and film. I am sure that he will be able to give me tips and teach me some of the skills needed to become a successful screenwriter. There are still a lot of members I have not met yet, but I would love to get in contact with them as soon as possible.
I looked at a few members business cards on the wall in Cowork Frederick, because I wanted to see information about other members I can meet soon. Kimba Green is one of the member whose business card I saw and I learned that she is a social media expert. Being well versed on social media sites is one important skill to have, especially in this digital media era. Kimba could show me how to become an expert at various forms of social media which will definitely be useful in the future.
Another one of my possible future career plans is to become a photojournalist, which would require me to be able to write proficiently and taking beautiful photos. I saw Donald Frame’s business card on the wall and he is a photographer who takes photos of art, parties, event, and more. I think that it would be a good idea to sit down with him at some point or go to an event with him and learn some photography skills. The members I named are just a few members I know about who could give me advice about future careers, but I believe meeting and talking to all of the member at Cowork Frederick would be very beneficial.
Communicating and networking is already a big part of my life as a communication arts major, but the type of networking I do now is on a lower level compared to the type of communicating I will have to do once I graduate. When I graduate, networking and communicating will not only be important, it will truly be the only way I can further myself in my chosen career. I am prepared to take on any task and I am eager to meet all of the members at Cowork Frederick. Thanks to the skills I learn and the people I meet during this internship, I know that in the future I will be successful as a writer, communicator, and coworker.