ALMA — Kelsey Taylor ’21 is one of many Alma College students who has had a successful learning experience through the school’s “micro-internship” initiative.
Through the PlaidWorks micro-internship initiative, launched in 2020, students can gain critical work experience and explore career paths that may suit their interests.
In her micro-internship, Taylor worked on social media and website development for the Gratiot County Players, a local theater group based in downtown Alma. Taylor, a multimedia journalism major during her time at Alma, had never worked in a professional setting outside the college before, which made the experience extremely worthwhile.
“They were having some problems with website traffic, and what a local theater group should be doing during the pandemic, when, obviously, we couldn’t really get together in person,” Taylor said. “So, I did a little bit of research into what other theater companies in similar areas were doing and helped them come up with an effective plan.”
Taylor said that while her major is based within the field of writing, she recognizes that technology will likely play an important role in journalism for the foreseeable future. A resume that reflects experience in technology will help her secure a future job.
Micro-internships are a usually short term, professional project that is completed remotely. Upon completion of the micro-internship, students are offered a grant, ranging from $250 to $500, depending on the number of hours they have worked. Micro-internships have been growing in popularity in recent years, but have really taken off in recent months in response to pandemic-related restrictions.
“It was a great opportunity to gain some experience and supplement my income during a really busy time that was impacted by the pandemic,” Taylor said. “My internship was 40 hours total, and I was able to do it all on weekends.”
Working with a local group like the Gratiot County Players enabled Taylor to get to the know the community a little better than she had previously, which was also a benefit.
“It is a good opportunity to get to know some of the people who are in the Alma community. They are really nice people. For students who are not in their senior year it could be a wonderful way to get to know the area and learn more about the different things that are happening,” she said.