Before Alexis Lucas graduated in December 2019, she interned for the Indiana Review Literary Journal during her last semester at IU. She was in charge of processing author contracts and customer subscriptions into a database.
Her duties also entailed handling most correspondence between submitting writers and the magazine, troubleshot common website, and mailed out any special issues ordered to customers. She also ensured submitting writers paid their fees and contacted them in the case of missed payments or to set up refunds.
How did this experience impact you personally and professionally?
The work environment was very relaxed and positive, I was often left to my own work but could talk to my coworkers as desired. Professionally, I practiced maintaining a professional tone and helping a variety of customers with different problems. I learned a lot about running a literary magazine and the behind the scenes issues that editors can run into.
What were some of the most rewarding parts of this experience?
I liked learning about the industry from the conversations that went on around me.
What did you learn about the industry?
I learned it is definitely something I want to be involved in. The creative aspect of finding and curating a collection of great works isn’t glamorous but was something I became more interested in the more I learned about it. There were some legal issues with a piece we were about to publish so I got to learn a lot about the legal rights of the author and the magazine as well as general information about what to look for in pieces and database entries.
What do you wish you would have known before you started this position? Or what would you tell others before they start an internship?
I wish there had been some more hands-on experience with the journal itself. I would tell others to be ready for everything and to keep an open mind about your internship because you can pick up all kinds of things just by being open and listening.