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Internship with Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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Susan Lee

Major: English (Publishing emphasis)
Minor: Asian Studies and Technical Writing
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this program through the Liberal Arts Career Enrichment Network.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about working in the publishing industry and especially in marketing. In working with the marketing team for the Audio department, I assisted with promotion of current and upcoming titles. I set up giveaways for upcoming titles on goodreads.com, reached out to bloggers for review opportunities, and sent out review copies of audiobooks to bloggers and magazines. Along with this, I created documents that contained all links to purchases for all Simon & Schuster titles in this publishing season. Another one of my tasks was to sit in on and take notes during weekly marketing meetings. I was also in charge of researching social media accounts of authors to look for chances of promoting backlist and frontlist titles. I was able to learn a lot from working here – how every department is connected and that things cannot get done without the other departments. I learned how much marketing helps to increase sales and how to use social media to market products. I also learned about what the departments do and how they function through weekly intern “lunch and learns”. This experience was fantastic and I am so glad to have had the opportunity to work at Simon & Schuster.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I was able to receive three credits for my internship. I was also able to use certain skills that I learned in English 417 during this internship.

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

My career goal is to work in the production or editorial department for children’s books in a publishing company. This experience has helped me to solidify my choice of working in the publishing industry. It has also opened me up to the option of working in marketing as well.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this internship to other students.  It was an amazing experience in itself and I didn’t feel as though I was just working in an office but that I was working with a family. Everyone was so friendly and they are so willing to help you when you ask them.  It was a fantastic internship.

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