Name: Jamie Denton
Internship, Co-op or Research Site: Angel Publishing
Position Title: Copy Editor Intern
Major(s)/Minor(s): B.A. English Literature, Media & Communication Studies
Current Class Level: Junior
Work Term: Summer 2019
Tell us about your internship, co-op, or research opportunity, including your day-to-day responsibilities.
As a copy editor intern, my day-to-day responsibilities consisted of editing written material—editorials, reports, journals, and promotions—in accordance with house style for over five investment publications. Additionally, I resolved ambiguities in syntax, gaps in logic, grammatical issues, and formatting errors by refining written work—basically, I ensured that all written material was error free and easy to read for the company's clients.
Describe the process of obtaining your position. When did you hear of the position and submit your application?
I actually found my position outside of UMBCworks, although it's definitely a very helpful tool I've used in the past to obtain other internships. Essentially, after I found the position on my own, I submitted my resume along with a few writing samples. After the company reviewed these materials, the head copy editor contacted me and requested that I complete a copy editor test to gauge my skill set and determine if I possessed the abilities required for the job. Once I completed this test and sent it back, the company then asked me to come in for an interview... and the rest is history!
What have you enjoyed the most about your position or organization?
The abundance of information I've learned! I can definitely say that I've left this internship as a stronger, more well-rounded writer and editor.
The head copy editor of the company is extremely intelligent, and I’ve gained an incredible amount of knowledge on copy editing and the career as a whole. This internship experience has been so informative, and I can't wait to apply everything I've learned to other aspects of my academic career, such as my English classes, working as a tutor in the Writing Center, and my role as Copy Manager of The Retriever.
How do you believe you have made an impact through your work?
As a copy editor intern, I'm merely one step of the long and arduous writing process. I enhance the writing of writers and editors to ensure that the financial material they're releasing to their clients is clear, error-free, and easy to understand so that clients can then use this information to advance themselves financially, gain more insight on the market, and accumulate wealth.
What advice would you give to another student who is seeking an internship or similar experience?
Definitely visit the Career Center! It can be a bit intimidating because you may be unsure of what to expect or may feel underprepared but getting your resume and other work-related material carefully evaluated by professionals is an essential part in making yourself a more desirable candidate. So, take advantage of the many free resources you're provided with; otherwise, you're just doing yourself a disservice!
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