Successful Interns: Kaycee Hill

Each semester more and more interns pass through the halls of Cherry Hall. Being an intern is a great opportunity not only to the student, but also to get in some networking for your resume. Remember that internships are always available each semester so even if you didn’t make the April 9th deadline for this upcoming Fall 2014 semester, there’s always next time!

This semester one of our interns is Kaycee Hill. Kaycee is a Senior here at WKU, and her major is English Literature. She is currently a ENG 299 Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Dr. Hollyfield.

What kind of responsibilities do you have?

Provide feedback on course structure and syllabus, recruit guest speakers, mentor students outside of class in office hours, organize student presentation schedules, assisting in grading, teaching class occasionally.

Why did you choose to be an English 299: Teaching Assistant Intern?

I hope to attend graduate school, where I will work as a graduate teaching assistant. This internship allows me to gain experience that is directly related to my success at the next level.

What did you expect going into this internship, and has it met or surpassed those expectations?

I talked a lot with the previous English 299 T.A., so I knew what to expect. Trying to balance the wide range of responsibilities was a little overwhelming at first, but now that I’ve settled in, I like the dynamic nature of the class. The students make my job fun, which helps keep me motivated.

 Do you think it will be a beneficial experience?

This internship has been valuable for me so far because I have a more realistic view of what goes into teaching. I have developed skills that other students only practice after graduation, when there is more pressure to succeed. I’m lucky to have this opportunity.

Have you encountered any situations that you didn’t know how to handle?

I wouldn’t say that I have a perfect record in “situation” handling, but I have never been totally in the dark about what steps to take or where to go for guidance.

What advice would you give to current or future interns?

Talk and listen. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Use your support systems when the internship gets stressful. Establish good working relationships with your professor, your students, and the last person who held your position. All of these people have something to teach you, and part of your job as an intern is to pay attention to the experience.

Sucessful Interns : Philip Russell

The English Major’s Weblog produces a series of posts about successful interns past and present from the English department here at WKU. Internships are very helpful in learning about future careers and gaining hands-on experience. The English Department offers internship opportunities each semester so check them out!pr

 

 

This week’s interviewee is Mr. Philip Russell, who is a sophomore here at WKU and is majoring in English for Secondary Teachers. He was a teacher’s assistant for Dr. Hollyfield.
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Successful Interns: Bradley Englert

Our English department internship coordinator, Dr. Angela Jones, has helped build connections with many businesses and organizations over the years, providing students with a wide range of internship opportunities. While this is a fantastic resource, all students are encouraged to form their own relationships with employers to develop internships outside of the department. By doing this, English majors can truly customize their internship experiences and college education. You want to write scripts? Make connections with a local theater and become an intern. Want to facilitate newsletters and blog content for a business? Go out, find one, and talk to them about it!

Bradley Englert and his girlfriend Taylor Harrison.

Bradley Englert and his girlfriend Taylor Harrison.

Senior Bradley Englert did just that. A double major in creative writing and film, Bradley has been an editorial intern for John Joseph Adams (well-known editor, anthologist, publisher, and owner of both Lightspeed Magazine and Nightmare Magazine) since June 2013. If you have no clue who John Joseph Adams is, here is a short bio on him: He’s published over 25 short story anthologies both in the science fiction and fantasy genres, and he’ll be the editor for the upcoming “Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy” anthologies. Lightspeed Magazine focuses on fantasy and science fiction short stories while Nightmare Magazine focuses on horror, and those both publish monthly online and in eBook form. He has worked with authors such as George R.R. Martin, Ursula K. Le Guin, Simon R. Green, Kate Elliott, Neil Gaiman, and Robert Silverberg. Continue reading

Successful Interns: Saxon McCullough

Here at the Weblog, we are producing a series of interviews featuring past interns in order to gain insight into what an internship through the English department offers. An internship is a great experience, and it also adds extra credentials to your résumé! To check out some departmental offerings, visit the English Department Internship page.

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This week’s spotlight is Saxon McCullough. Saxon graduated in December 2013 with a BA in English, concentrating on Professional Writing and Literature. Saxon was the intern for the Society for Values in Higher Education.

What internship did you do and what semester?

I was the fall 2013 intern for the Society for Values in Higher Education (the first ever!).

What kind of responsibilities did you have?

My supervisors were pretty open-minded from the start regarding what type of work responsibilities I would take on; they emphasized that I choose my intern tasks according to what kinds of skills I wanted to build for my future career. So, naturally, as a final-semester college student, I had no specific trajectory for my future career which is why I chose to develop a wide variety of skills including producing marketing materials and writing for the SVHE blog.

Why did you choose to do that particular internship?

I chose to apply for the SVHE internship because I was anxious to get my feet wet in the professional writing world. It was an invaluable experience having the opportunity to produce writing that benefited a professional organization’s vision and goals.

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Successful Interns: Chantel Bowman

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 BowmanChantel 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!