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Research Internship with the English Department, specializing in Creative Fiction and Nonfiction Writing
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Emily Edling

Emily Edling

Hometown: Boyertown, PA
Major: English

Minors: Mathematics, Business and the Liberal Arts, Technical Writing 

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this experience through Dr. Liz Jenkins who runs the internship program for the English Department.

Tell us a little about your experience.

As an intern for Professor Kadetsky, I was helping her prepare for the publication of her book, The Poison That Purifies You. I was in charge of managing her social media accounts, researching other publishing outlets, drafting professional correspondence, and proofreading her manuscripts. Professor Kadetsky was based in New York City throughout the semester, so I had to be available to her through email and phone conversations. I also made several trips into the city. On these trips into the city, I worked the table for Ms. Kadetsky's publisher and also helped with a reading.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship helped me choose a career path in publishing. It allowed me to further develop my skills in writing and communication. Drafting professional correspondence was great practice for what I will be doing on a daily basis with a career in publishing. Researching outlets in which Ms. Kadetsky’s work could be published was also great practice for my future career. Editing the manuscripts will be my main focus in publishing and through this experience, I gained invaluable skills.

This experience gave me more confidence in the skills I had already gained through my classes.

What are your career goals and plans? How did this experience impact them?

My career goals are to work in publishing, preferably as an editor in New York City. This experience gave me more confidence in the skills I had already gained through my classes. I really proved to myself that this career is something that I can do. This experience gave me insight into the publication process and allowed me to see the publishing world from every angle. This experience also gave me the opportunity to network with professionals in the publishing industry in New York City. All around, this experience made me even more excited to graduate and get out into the publishing world.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students? If yes, why?

I would recommend this experience to other students because it gives you a wide range of experiences that would be valuable for any career path. It was one of the most exciting experiences and I truly loved all of the work I was asked to do by Professor Kadetsky. Along with gaining experience in my chosen career path, I also gained a great mentor relationship with Professor Kadetsky.

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