The world of book publishing is highly insular, highly competitive, and notoriously difficult to break into. Particularly in New York City, the industry epicenter, job seekers often struggle to stand out from a crowded field of equally qualified candidates. In order to get a foot in the door, many aspiring publishing professionals turn to internships, where they hope to gain hands-on work experience and forge connections with established industry pros.
I recently spent three months as an Editorial Intern at Dark Horse Comics in Milwaukie, OR earlier this year—here’s a bit of what I learned while interning there.
Before applying to graduate school, I didn’t have much interest in pursuing internships. Honestly, it never even crossed my mind to try. This was probably due in large part to the fact that I majored in philosophy, but I think it applies to a fair handful of other disciplines as well, especially those in the […]
Generally, when Ooligan student editors think about traipsing off into the nebulous Real World to find the editing career that the publishing program has prepared them for, they imagine working in the realm of fiction or literary nonfiction publishing. In part, this is probably because this is what Ooligan prepares us for the most. Though […]
Being a part of Ooligan Press has been an amazing experience for me, and working for the press on top of keeping up with my classes takes up the majority of my time. However, at Ooligan, professors and fellow students always encourage each other to go outside the press and classes to find practical job […]
Between jobs, classes, homework, and Ooligan Press, graduate students in Portland State University’s Book Publishing program are busy as hell. But there’s one Oolie who puts even the best of us to shame. Name: Melanie Figueroa Term: Last Origin: Placentia, California Alma mater: California State University, Long Beach Bachelor’s degree: English Rhetoric and Composition (and […]