By Sloane Scott
Sloane is a junior in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences majoring in English Creative Writing, Poetry and minoring in Gender & Sexuality Studies.
Describe your summer internship.
During my time with The Missouri Review, I had the opportunity to evaluate poetry manuscripts, and ultimately helped choose the review’s Winter feature. I also conducted an interview with the author JM Holmes, which appeared on the TMR website and SoundCloud in August 2018. In addition, I honed my copyediting, proofreading, and general editorial skills.
Explain how you learned about the opportunity. What resources were especially helpful in your internship search?
I learned about the internship by directly reaching out to the Associate Editor of TMR, Dr. Evelyn Somers Rogers, and asking about opportunities. I grew up reading the review, and it still serves as inspiration for my writing. Thus, working at the review was a natural fit.
What did you enjoy most about the experience?
I most enjoyed getting to know the intricacies of a literary journal. I learned how TMR is run, and what makes it one of the best literary journals in the country.
What is the biggest takeaway from your internship?
The ability to learn what kind of material a prominent literary journal accepts and rejects was invaluable. I have a sharper eye for what kind of poetry my peers are writing, and what I want my own poetry to look, feel, and sound like.
What advice do you have for students pursuing internships that will help them be most successful?
Say yes to every project opportunity at your internship that you can–you’re only there for a few months, and every skill you can learn is worth it.
As a 2018 Summer Internship Grant Program (SIGP) recipient, how did SIGP impact your summer?
SIGP impacted my summer by giving me the ability to go to my internship during the day. I wouldn’t have been able to pursue my internship without it.