For the past six months, Adoption Choices of Colorado had had the honor of having Davina Ward as an Editorial Intern. She worked diligently and faithfully each week to bring new content to the table, and took each piece of critique as a learning experience. In everything she did, she was patient, respectful and kind, speaking volumes of her professionalism and character. Sadly, Davina’s internship has come to an end, and she has chosen to pursue the next chapter in her life. Adoption Choices greatly appreciates everything she did for us, and she will be greatly missed.
Below, she reflects on her journey with us and states what the next chapter of her life will look like.
RR: When did you start as an intern?
DW: I started at the very end of October 2018.
RR: What knowledge of adoption did you have coming into the internship? How has that changed/not changed?
DW: I didn’t have any formal knowledge of adoption before working with Adoption Choices. I was never formally adopted, but have lived with my adoptive family for the past 12 years and was previously in foster care.
One of the reasons that I was drawn to this position was that I’ve always had an interest in how families work. On Instagram, for instance, I follow a ton of families who have adopted both internationally and domestically. They share their journeys and have really helped encourage an online community aimed at sharing the experience of adoption. I love that.
I wanted to reach prospective adoptive parents and encourage them to consider adoption as a means to grow their families. I’d like to think that by giving people more information on the subject through my writing, I am helping to make that happen.
RR: Over the past six months, what do you feel you’ve learned through being an intern with Adoption Choices?
DW: For one, I learned a ton of things about adoption. I feel much more confident in my knowledge of adoption, so when I decide to grow my own family via adoption, I know what to expect. I am also more aware of the foster system, transracial adoption, adoption laws, the work of adoption attorney, and a lot more. If anything, now I’m a wiz at adoption trivia, if that’s even a thing.
As a writer, I’ve gained a lot of experience when it comes to researching, doing interviews, and even editing. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, so this has been an excellent opportunity for me. The entire Adoption Choices team is really involved in what gets written and how. I have enjoyed working with them, even though we’re scattered across the country.
RR: What was one of the biggest challenges you faced?
DW: Time management and editing were tied for the crown of being my biggest challenges during my internship. Throughout my career as a student, I never mastered time management. I was always the one to finish an assignment at the last possible moment. To this day, it is something I still strive to conquer, but through Adoption Choices, I think that I’ve really improved.
I had to learn to edit my work. I hated editing and I didn’t start editing my work until this internship. Adoption Choices has high editorial standards for articles that are published. Rachel Robertson was great at coordinating this throughout the team. Particularly with catching mistakes. I thank her for helping me become a better editor and writer.
RR: What was a highlight of your experience?
DW: Learning. When you leave school, between working, having a social life, and living a healthy lifestyle, it can be hard to dedicate time to learning about new things. I loved learning all that I could about adoption. I enjoyed interviewing all of the talented adoption attorneys that work with Adoption Choices. I loved learning more about the people on the team. It was an awesome experience.
RR: What is next for you?
DW: Writing a book. Learning Japanese. Moving out of New York. Moving in with my girlfriend. Making new friends. Re-reading The Book Thief, Catch-22, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. I try to do that once a year. I’d like to begin a career in digital marketing or copywriting. I’ll continue freelancing until that happens.
In a grand sense? Living my life as fully as possible. I want to experience life and I want life to experience me. To quote Sylvia Plath, I am going to “…live, love, and say it well in good sentences.”
Adoption Choices has a six-month long internship program that offers fellow creative minds the opportunity to write articles on adoption, and have them published on our websites and social media pages. It’s a great way to build your portfolio and learn about the adoption industry, particularly for those who have a special interest or passion for it. The requirement includes one to two articles a week, and also comes with mentoring from me, the Writing Director, and the Executive Directors within Adoption Choices. For the entirety of the six months, you write blogs for a specific Adoption Choices entity, and gain knowledge of how they operate. There is something new to research and learn everyday, making the position as Editorial Intern exciting and rewarding every step of the way. For those of you who are interested, or have any questions about becoming an Editorial Intern with us, please feel free to reach out to me.
About the Author
Rachel Robertson is a published journalist, book editor, certified Publishing Specialist, and aspiring novelist. She graduated from Central Washington University (CWU) in March 2011, having found her writing voice within the Creative Nonfiction genre and grew to work as a freelance book editor for small presses all across the United States.
In June 2018, she embarked on an internship with Virginia Frank and came on board with Adoption Choices Inc., Not for Profit 501(c)(3), in December 2018. Between her mutual passion with adoption and surrogacy, and her own personal history with adoption, Rachel is excited to research and share topics each week that will spread awareness and better serve the faithful patrons of Adoption Choices Inc.
When Rachel isn’t haunting her local Starbucks or Barnes and Noble, she’s avidly pouring over her Writer’s Digest subscription or cozying up with a cup of tea and book. She currently resides in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her beloved wife and Border Collie.