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by Melissa Starker, creative content & PR manager
Mon, Feb 05, 2018
She's collected stories from some of our other current interns for this blog (check out the posts here, here, and here) and now it's Malu's turn in the spotlight! Click here to learn more about becoming a Wex Intern. Applications for the 2018-19 academic year are being accepted through March 5.
Tell us about the image you chose to accompany your photo.
I have this hidden love for taking pictures through the mediocre lens of my iPhone 5. During my past summer in Brazil, I found a beautiful park in Sao Paulo called Ibirapuera Park. It is here where I found this overlooked sweet melting away on the path towards the playground. I’m not sure if it’s the sweet memories associated with those moments in time or the fact that my current juice cleanse has me craving sweets but I am identifying strongly with this image.
What are three words you'd use to describe the Wex?
Complementary. Creative. Unconventional.
What aspect of your role do you enjoy the most?
Like an overwhelming majority of millennials, I'm kind of terrified of graduating and working the cubical 9-5. Working as an intern for Public and University Programs, I have the opportunity to intern in an environment where there is no "average day". The programs I work on constantly change, allowing me to move around, constantly learn, meet new people, and strengthen different skills depending on what is needed. My first experience was helping with the Student Fall Party where my tasks varied from organizing performance groups to making Cindy Sherman coloring pages. I really enjoy the variety in the internship, and the assurance that these jobs really do exist!
What advice do you have for prospective Wex interns?
I would really encourage all prospective interns to apply! Even if you are on the fence about applying, it is better to apply than to wish you had. Working at the Wex, I have learned so many things, and I think the experience is worth it.
What book did you read last?
The Star Thrower by Loren Eiseley is an amazing read that I found in taking a class at Ohio State called The Biology of Hope and Belief with Professor Susan Fisher. Eisely’s writing centers on the idea of human consciousness and our unique perceptions of the world. Even though he himself was very depressed, his writing make everything seem so important and affirmative... Of something! I highly recommend this book and class to everyone.
What’s your favorite childhood memory?
Summers spent sneaking into the neighbor's garden to eat their snap peas.
If you were to write a self-help book, what would the topic be?
Color coding! Just ask my boss, Alana.