Like thousands of other Christian kids, Kati Marr, a rising junior in the Journalism major at PHC, has fond memories of listening to Adventures in Odyssey on tape during her childhood. This summer, Kati is fulfilling her own childhood dream by interning at Focus on the Family and herself writing Adventures in Odyssey Club scripts.
“It was the only [internship] to which I applied,” Kati said, “and I got it.” During the interview process for the internship, Kati explained her experience on the Patrick Henry College newspaper The Herald, which placed her a cut above the other applicants. The Herald involves a team meeting once a week, where students pitch three ideas to the editor-in-chief and then are assigned to interview for the topic and write the article. Every Friday, the articles are published in the newsletter for the student body and faculty. “[My boss] wanted interns who were independent and could do work on their own—someone who had initiative,” Kati said. “Honestly, I think that’s what got me the internship.”
Kati is working in the film and video department where her duties include recording soundbites, finding background music, editing promotional videos, on-camera interviewing, and helping out with projects both pre- and post-production.
“Every day looks super different,” Kati said. “My boss has no problem with pulling me out of my comfort zone.” In fact, during her first week as an intern, her boss sat her down behind her desk and asked her to write a script for an Adventures in Odyssey Club video. After a few weeks of work, the completed video is now available on the Adventures in Odyssey Club website.
Kati would love to work in film and audio after graduating from Patrick Henry College. At Focus on the Family, there is a unique blend of ministry and journalism, and Kati believes she’s found her niche. “I found out through Focus [on the Family] that I want to make an impact, even if I’m doing something super small,” she said. “What I want to do—what I feel called to do—is have a job that would impact people positively.”