The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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The News of The Blake School Since 1916

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Summer Allows Time to Work Ahead

Internships, jobs, and classes over the summer reap benefits
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Bernadette Whitely
Summer allows time to visit college campuses, something that is not always possible during the school year.

The three months of summer vacation offer the opportunity to explore your extracurricular interests in the professional sector and are the ideal environment to refine your own personal interests. This past summer, I worked as a Business Analyst & Marketing Intern at a woman-owned financial technology company called Spave, which had been recently acquired by the Michigan State University Federal Credit Union. It is precisely in my role that Spave where I acquired professional experience, a glance into the entrepreneurial technology field, mentorship from women leaders, and a deeper understanding of my own interests. 

My journey at Spave began with virtual interviews prior to getting the internship. In order to finalize my employment at Spave, I was exposed to various documents and procedures that typically accompany the process of getting a new job, such as tax information, background checks, etc. 

As an intern, I worked upwards of 20 hours per week. The entirety of my internship was completed online; however, I engaged frequently with my direct bosses (the Business Analyst and Marketing Manager) via Zoom meetings. Each week, I had three standing meetings: one with the Business Analyst, one with the Marketing Manager, and a team meeting. I received my assignments from my bosses and would then participate in weekly staff meetings, where I (along with the entire staff) would report our weekly progress and happenings to the group. I learned the typical professional flow of these meetings and effective communications strategies, which I can certainly apply to future positions and also in academic spaces. 

Spave’s philanthropic mission is what initially attracted me to the organization, but I left with more than I could have ever imagined. I gained fluency with a host of online platforms such as WebEx, Outlook, Google Analytics, WordPress, etc. and learned how to graphically represent budget data, key performance indicators, and also perform competitive analysis. 

I now have a budding interest in business analytics and also see how my academic classes — namely economics and math — will contribute to my professional life beyond the classroom. I am so grateful to have been given the chance to intern during the summer, as I continue to reap the social, academic, professional, and organizational benefits from my three months at Spave.

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Maggie Seidel
Maggie Seidel, Editor Emeritus
Hi, I’m Maggie! I am a senior in the Class of '22. I am the former Managing Editor and Business Manager, who also edited the Opinions Section, Student Life, Features, Games & Ads, Perspectives, and In-Depth during my four year tenure on Spectrum. I am excited to continue in my role as Editor Emeritus & will certainly remain a subscriber to Spectrum to learn about happenings at Blake. 
Bernadette Whitely
Bernadette Whitely, Editor-in-Chief | Creative Director | In-Depth Editor
Hey, I’m Bernadette and I’m a senior! I'm the Editor-in-Chief and the Creative Director of The Spectrum. I also edit In-Depth pages. In the past, I have edited both Arts and Culture and Opinions sections. Last semester, I was the editor and leader for the Features section. I started Spectrum at the beginning of my freshman year and continued to be a staff writer until the end of my sophomore year. During my time as a staff writer, I wrote articles, created graphics, and took photos. Since starting Spectrum, I have always loved it. Being able to write about topics I am passionate about and interested in was an amazing experience. One of my favorite things about Spectrum is talking to and meeting new people through interviews and collaborations. 

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