Mariah completed an internship with Future Housing Publishing as a publishing intern. Here is what she has to say about this experience:
How did your internship align with your initial expectations?
I was a little late signing up for DigHT 496R, so I wrote my expectations down after I'd already been at my internship for a few weeks, so I already knew exactly what was expected of me. That being said, I think the internship still fulfilled the expectations that I had prior to starting. It was a fantastic internship to get experience in the publishing industry.
What day-to-day tasks were part of this experience?
I read acquisitions, copied editing, and formatted E-books.
What would have better prepared you for this internship?
If I'd known the internship could count for my DigHT capstone, I might have signed up for DigHT 496 sooner, which would have made it possible for me to drop a different class so I could have a lighter work load. I also would have been able to apply my unused pell grant funds to the increased tuition that adding that class late caused.
Was this experience a confirmation that you are going in the right direction, or a pivot to something else?
Confirmation. It showed me how valuable working at a publishing house can be, and I still feel passionate about writing and publishing.
Would you recommend this internship to other students?
Absolutely. I've already talked to a lot of editing and publishing students about it. It was a pretty formative experience for me and I'm so glad I had the opportunity to do it.