Editor’s note: For this month’s Ponderings, I invited Renee Schoeller, a student from Hoftstra University who interned with the Interprovincial Board of Communication this summer, to offer her thoughts on working with the staff of the Moravian Church Center in Bethlehem. Renee jumped in and did some great work with us. She was a valuable member of our team during the launch of www.moravian.org and the final stages of the 2013 Daily Texts.
I had the great opportunity to work at the Moravian Church Center three days a week this summer as a publications intern with the Interprovincial Board of Communication.
I am currently a senior at Hofstra University where I am studying English literature and publishing studies.
The experience that I have gained in my field of study in just a few short months has been invaluable. The IBOC staff has taught me so much by allowing me to be involved in so many aspects of their work. I helped edit and proofread multiple versions of the Daily Texts, posted updates to www.moravian.org, wrote articles for and proofread The Moravian, and got to see a Synod for the first time, among so many other things.
I was surprised with the level of trust that I received just upon walking through the door. On my first day with the IBOC I was asked to edit an outdated book so that it could be published in a new edition. Throughout the next few weeks as changes were made to the text, I got to see them through. I made edits, conversed with my supervisor about those edits and got to actually go into the file and make the changes to the document electronically. I came to the IBOC with very little in my portfolio, and will be leaving with a long list of accomplishments and works to show for them. This experience has proven to me that the field that I have chosen to study is the right one for me.
In addition to the materials that I got to work with, the people really made this experience an excellent one. My desk was at the front entrance of the Church Center, so I had the pleasure of meeting people who came in for all kinds of reasons: work, visiting or what I came to most look forward to, a Bible study group. All of those people brought a bright spot to my day, where I could look up from whatever I was working on and have a nice conversation with someone about whatever happened to be on their mind at the time.
In addition to sharpening my editing and proofreading skills, the people and materials that I worked with have strengthened my faith. I have been exposed to new ideas and new people, both of which have introduced me to new ways to look at my faith. Every day I see God in something new, be it within the Daily Texts, an article in the Moravian where I hear about the impact that Moravians are having on the world or just in a short conversation with someone passing by. It was amazing to have been a part of this office and to have become more familiar with the Moravian faith as I also become more familiar with the real world.
I cannot wait to take what I have learned here and apply it to my future professional life. I know that I have been shaped and made better for this experience, and I cannot thank enough everyone who was a part of it.
From the October 2012 Moravian Magazine