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How She Got That Internship is a series that highlights conservative women’s internships in various organizations and positions to inspire the next generation of conservative women to lead. Did you, or a young woman that you know, have an internship experience you want to share with our readers? Submit it in this form and we will contact you if we think it would be a great fit for the series.
Summer is perhaps the best time for young leaders to invest in themselves by gaining valuable work experience, namely through internships. As summer comes to a close and fall looms ahead, FFL is sitting down with a number interns to reflect on this year’s highlights and encourage more young leaders to apply for next year’s internships.
Aryssa is a graduate student in library science at the University of Kentucky, but lives and works in Washington, D.C. She holds an undergraduate degree in English from Yale University. She got involved in FFL in college and has been a writer for the organization for three years. During her college career, she was also involved in the William F Buckley Jr Program, the Yale Hunger and Homelessness Action Project, and the AIDS Walk New Haven.
How did you find out about the position, and why did you decide to apply?
I’ve always been interested in book publishing, and luckily this is a field where most of the positions are well advertised. I was simply looking on the career pages of different websites and applied through those same websites! I loved Simon and Schuster’s catalog of books and wanted to work with books I wanted to read too.
What was the driving force behind choosing to work as a Simon and Shuster Publishing intern?
I love reading books and being surrounded by books and wanted to see if I enjoyed playing a more active role in the book publishing process. I only had publicity experience with publishing before and wanted to try a new side of things.
Have you interned before? If so, where?
Yes. I’d interned at Regnery Publishing in DC which is where I learned about publishing as a career as well as Conservative Book Club and The Clare Booth Luce Policy Institute.
Describe a typical day at your internship.
Days started pretty early for me since I was commuting from New Haven to NYC, which was about a two hour train ride. I left my dorm at 5:40 am every morning and arrived at Grand Central around 8:10 each morning. I liked getting to the office before other people rolled in around 9 am so I could have my morning coffee, browse book news, and get settled. From there, I’d usually talk to the two editors I worked for and see what they had planned for me that day. Most days I worked on reading late draft manuscripts for final edits and clarity. I also regularly read manuscript submissions from agents and decided whether I not I saw it as a good fit for my editors and the company in general. I also made a LOT of trips to the take shelf around the corner from my desk,where editors and publicists put the extra books they don’t need anymore. It’s all up for grabs and you can get some good stuff there. Whenever a book was also finalized, that is the draft was set to go to advanced reading copies, I would file for copyright protection through the Library of Congress with those manuscripts.