DISPATCHES 8: Looking Forward, Looking Back
I thought up this series while sitting in my cubicle at Random House of Canada just as I was starting my second internship. By this point I considered myself a pretty seasoned hand. I had seen a lot: the relentless hard work, the small embarrassments, the seemingly endless hours. But I had also enjoyed the […]
DISPATCHES 6: Are Interns Taken Advantage Of?
According to my recent articles, internships can be awesome. You get a ton of experience, and getting a job is a snap—all you have to do is follow the steps in my last post. But it’s not always like that. If it were, people wouldn’t complain about internships as much as they do. They’re a […]
DISPATCHES 5: How to Get a Job in Publishing
Always, ALWAYS, be prepared to talk about what you’re reading. Despite the auspicious title of this article, I can’t actually tell you how to get a job in publishing. Fewer and fewer jobs are opening up in this industry every day, and young people are having to get pretty creative to snag the few […]
DISPATCHES 4: What’s an Intern Worth?
So now that you know what editorial interns do and you have some tips to get you started, I’m sure you’re wondering how the editorial staff really feels about interns. This question was burning in my mind when I started at Random House Canada. With so many interns coming in (up to eight a year in […]
DISPATCHES 3: An Intern’s Survival Guide
For all the good that comes out of an internship, sometimes being an intern can be tough. Interns are dropped into a completely new environment where everyone has more experience than they do. It’s important that they make a good impression, but, at the same time, interns’ skills are only just developing, and they have […]
DISPATCHES 2: What’s in an Internship?
When I enrolled at Ryerson in the fall of 2011, I took as many editing courses as I could. Copy editing, proofreading, grammar, substantive editing…. The more courses I took, the more I loved working with words. After years of university, here I was, finally surrounded by people who thought exactly as I did. People […]
DISPATCHES from an Editorial Intern
Outside Looking In I decided I wanted to go into publishing in early 2011. It was a good solution to my problems at the time. Problems like why I didn’t want to fill out arduous grad school applications and why I wouldn’t apply to law school (as members of my family fervently hoped I would). […]