The benefits of an internship

Updated: Jan 21

by Paula Anderson

At 45 years-old, I decided to take a risk and sign-up for an internship. This was a decision that I will never regret. This was the first-time in my career that I was truly happy working. It really did something to boost my mental health and increase my self-esteem. Daphne Thomas, former public relations director for LeMoyne-Owen College, gave me the latitude and freedom as an intern.

During the internship, I had the opportunity to meet Kevin Shird, author; Susan Taylor, former editor for Essence magazine and Donna Brazile, political strategist. I wrote articles about them while they were visiting Memphis in 2015.

Courtesy photos: (Left to Right: BOOM Conference (2015), Kevin Shird (LeMoyne-Owen College, 2015) and Donna Brazile (LeMoyne-Owen College Commencement, 2015)

These opportunities gave me experience and exposure as a writer. I continued to write articles about nonprofit organizations and community events to build my writing portfolio.

The late publisher, Bernal E. Smith Jr. and the executive editor and publisher, Dr. Karanja Ajanaku. afforded me the opportunity to become a freelancer.

After writing for The New Tri-State Defender, I became a recognized writer and received requests from nonprofit organizations in Memphis to write stories.

I wrote several stories about nonprofit organizations such as Porter Leath, UCAN of Memphis and Freedom From Unnecessary Negatives. Click below to download the article about (FFUN).

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This experience was great because I had the opportunity to be creative and promote events for my alma mater.

Without the support of these individuals, I would not be a professional journalist and writer.

To read more of my work, visit

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