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Karlie Tipton, Editorial Assistant
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For Every Season, Intern (Intern, Intern)
By Karlie Tipton
November 29, 2012
One of the best aspects of my job as Oklahoma Today’s editorial assistant is how close I am with all of our interns. Not just in proximity—although I sit just a short chair roll away—but in spirit as well.
I have a very special place in my heart for each one of the ten or so interns that I’ve worked with, and not just because I sympathize with their plight (I started as an intern the summer of 2010). Every single one of these young journalists, or professional writers, or English majors, has had something very special to offer. It would take far too many hours to list everything I admire about every single intern, but here are just a few examples.
Kristen McConnaughey. I still have to look up how to spell her last name, but that is no reflection on the impact Kristen had. She was one of the sweetest people I have ever known and one of the most professional dressers. She was also extremely sharp. If our roles had been reversed, I would still count myself lucky.
Mia Cantu (who has since become Mia Ledet). Although I’m sure the editors would say Mia and I had too much fun at times, it’s hard to deny that she brought some much-needed relief to what can otherwise be very stressful workdays. The girl also can make a mean cake pop.
Madeline Alford. In many ways “Madhouse”—as we lovingly call her, of course—is your typical sorority girl: bubbly, blonde, and full of enthusiasm even for the most mundane tasks, like making snowflakes. But in other ways, Madeline is much more than that. She could be very serious when the task called for it. Most importantly, she wanted to do a good job, not just to get a glowing recommendation when all was said and done, but to be part of something she could be proud of.
Kayla Mugler. Kayla is the kind of intern most publications dream about: capable, serious, intelligent, and determined. From the very beginning, the editors knew that Kayla was going to be a superstar fact-checker, and they were absolutely right.
Our current interns, Meredith Donaldson and Adam Holt. We’re still in the thick of deadline and these two have yet to lose their cool. Adam has been here since August, braving an untold number of breakfast-related questions, calls, complaints, and requests, and Meredith was thrown into the middle of things in October. Although three people fact-checking at one time in the same office can be a little maddening, I am genuinely more happy to come to work on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday when I know that Meredith will be there to greet me and Adam will be there to finish out the day with me.
With another semester coming to a close, I’ll be sad to see another intern go off into the world. I can only hope that my lucky streak holds and I continue to work with some of the most brilliant, lovely, and inspiring students in media education today.