For most, TWR internships are brimming with brand new experiences—traveling to a faraway places, meeting and working with complete strangers and tackling unique projects. For Brandon Hall, things are a bit more familiar. Between his family’s two decades of TWR experience and his living just a few miles away, Brandon’s internship with the Marketing and Communications department feels more like coming home than going away.
Brandon was born and raised in Holly Springs, N.C., and continues to study and work close to home. He’s a junior studying Communication online at Regent University. Having been a storyteller for as long as he can remember, Brandon looks forward to putting his writing talents to good use for the Lord.
Q: How did you hear about TWR?
It’s basically the family business at this point. Between my mom and dad, my family has worked with TWR for over 20 years now, so it’s always been a household name.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue an internship at TWR specifically?
I wanted to be in a Christian environment that was familiar and friendly enough to let me safely test the waters of the work world while still challenging me to grow professionally and spiritually.
Q: What do you feel your calling is, and how does this summer fit into that?
Communication is at the core of my calling and who I am. I live and breathe words, whether I’m blogging, performing, writing or speaking. I’ve always felt called to use my words to help others, speak truth and glorify God, but I never knew what that looked like in a career until now. This internship serves as the common theme between my passion for ministry and love of communication. I don’t know God’s exact plan for my life and ministry, but I know this summer is the next step in that journey.
Q: What kinds of projects will you be working on over the summer?
I’ll be doing a little bit of everything! Most of my work will entail creating and editing written content, but I’ll be constantly rotating between departments depending on who needs that content. This will let me try a vast array of writing styles, so I’m eager to get started and broaden my skillset.
Q: What challenges have you faced so far in your internship, and how have you overcome them?
This is my first traditional 9-5 job, so there are a lot of new things to take in. Just pressing into God and not being afraid to ask for help have helped me transition into a situation that would otherwise be overwhelming for me. Trying not to use the Oxford comma has been a herculean task, though.
Q: What are you looking forward to learning or doing during your time here?
There are a few projects I’m especially looking forward to, such as an interview with TWR’s President, Lauren Libby, and a feature article for TWR Magazine. This will be my first time getting published, so I’m very excited as an aspiring writer.
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
I know that God wants to use my writing for both art and ministry. I’m not sure which one will be a vocation and which will be a hobby yet, so I plan to build the skills necessary to be effective in both non-profit ministry and creative writing so I can make that decision down the road.
Q: What’s a fun or unusual fact about yourself?
Public speaking is a very common fear (more so than death), but I do it for fun! I’ve competed regionally and nationally in speech and debate tournaments for three years and have coached debate for several more. Ironically, I’m rather shy and introverted, but I somehow found my voice on the stage with God’s help, a supportive community and lots of practice.