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Though many of our interns travel through multiple states and time zones to reach their destination for the summer, some only need to make a short drive. Katie Marechek is one of our local interns this summer, having grown up just minutes away from TWR’s Cary office.

A rising senior at UNC Charlotte studying communications with a focus in public relations, she’s spending her summer with TWR’s RiverCross ministry. With only a couple weeks of her internship left, Katie took some time to reflect on her experience so far.

Q: How did you first hear about TWR?

I first heard about TWR through my neighbors, Tim and Jeannine Klingbeil, who also work at TWR.

Q: What drew you to pursue an internship at TWR?

After a conversation that I had with Jeannine about TWR, I began to pray about the possibility of doing an internship there. After some time, I really felt that the Lord wanted me to apply. I also knew that I wanted to intern with a ministry while also applying what I am learning in school, and TWR seemed perfect for that. I have definitely seen the Lord's provision in bringing me here, especially to RiverCross. I am so blessed to be their intern and have learned so many things already.

Q: Have you always had a desire to work in ministry?

No, not always! It wasn't until I got to college and began volunteering for a ministry that I really began to think about potentially working in ministry post-college.

Q: What kinds of projects will you be working on this summer?

I’m doing a lot this summer. Some of the projects I’ve been working on include creating social media posts and a content calendar, sprucing up the homepage of the website, researching advocacy programs and reading some books about marketing and business strategies.

Q: Have you experienced any challenges during this internship?

Honestly, I can’t say anything has been a huge challenge. If I had to name one, it would probably be discovering things about myself that I didn't know beforehand. For example, I have learned that I like to check things off a list and get tasks or projects done immediately, but I have found out that some projects take time and patience to fully complete them the right way. That has been a transition for me, but I am learning to get there and understand it!

Q: What are your plans after graduation?

To be honest, I’m not sure! I love the west coast, and I could see myself moving there after college, but that all depends on where the Lord opens a door for me with my career.

Q: Is there anything specific you’re looking forward to doing in your spare time this summer?

I am looking forward to being home again for the summer and really utilizing that time to be with my family or friends that I don't get to see as often. I’m even looking forward to get the chance to explore new parts of Cary or Raleigh that I never have before.

Q: Let’s lighten up… What’s a unique interest or hobby you have?

I REALLY love breakfast!! I am super passionate about eating it every single morning (sometimes even twice), so I love to cook breakfast! It’s one of my favorite meals to eat and also make.

For more information about gospel-centered internships like Katie’s, head to twr.org/internship.