During my last two semesters enrolled at Arizona State University, I have had the distinct pleasure—and honor—of working alongside some amazing interns, as well as a managing editor who is more like a mentor to me.  Because of the invaluable experience I received serving two back-to-back internships on Superstition Review, ASU’s online, national literary magazine, I feel better equipped to enter the job market in the publishing field.

As Interview Coordinator, I communicated with my fellow interns, as well as a dozen authors to solicit interviews.  I also collected author responses, biographies, and headshots; edited copy; and prepared weekly reports.  As for my current role as nonfiction editor—which is coming to a close—it granted me the opportunity to identify and solicit 20 high-profile authors to submit works of creative nonfiction.  I viewed and assessed submissions, worked with my counterparts to decide what work should be published, corresponded with an amazing group of authors, and handled the detail work.  Both of these internships proved to be rewarding experiences.

Not only are internships an opportunity for students to get their feet wet in an area of interest; i.e., learn the ropes, make connections, and garner name recognition through blogging, e-mail contact, and attending special events, but many companies want to see an internship listed on resumes they receive.  And what better way to find out if a career is the write fit, than by hands-on experience? ~ cs