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Mariah: Editing and Publishing

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.

The Dream Saga was one of the series that Mariah worked with the most during her internship. She formatted Ebook files for all of the books in the series.