As some of our readers may know, this semester contains the most interns the English department has ever had. It is a growing community among the English majors and we want to keep it going. For those of you looking into an internship for the future, here is just one example of the many great things you could be doing during your undergraduate education.
Chantel Bowman is a literature major with a double minor in professional writing and religious studies. She will be graduating in December of 2014. Chantel was an editorial intern for Itoh Press during the fall semester of 2013.
What kind of responsibilities did you have?
I was mainly the acquisitions editor for fiction novels, meaning I read the first three and last chapter of novels to determine if they were up-to-par i.e. interesting and what level of editing would they need. I would also edit and proofread manuscripts. While I worked there, I compiled and edited my first published book called Reckless Carnage: An Anthology of Horror. To do this, I had to facilitate and actively participate in each aspect of the publishing process beginning with the creation of a request flyer for submission, then editing and placing them in order, writing the intro and the author bio as well as the copyright page, formatting, and finally promoting through flyers and social media (facebook).
Why did you choose to apply for Itoh Press?
I chose Itoh Press because I want to be an editor and enter the publishing field.
Favorite part of the internship?
My favorite part was reading great novels before they were even published.
What advice would you give to current or future interns?
I would advise current interns to speak up for yourself. Demand to know what you don’t know, and don’t doubt your capabilities or intuition. If a sentence feels wrong to you as the reader/editor, it probably is.
Internships are an excellent learning experience and resume-builder. Don’t wait to apply for one; you can apply as early as your sophomore year. Additional information on the English department’s internship program can be found here. For more internship success stories and other weekly features, keep coming back to the Weblog!