Students have the opportunity to pursue internships either for elective credit, a stipend ($2000 in the second year) or as an extracurricular activity. Internships are available in teaching composition, publishing, arts administration, teaching creative writing, or service learning. Though students are welcome to participate in more than one internship, the stipend and course credit are given for only one internship. Off-campus internships at publishing houses, with literary agents, or community engagement internships are also encouraged.
The Teaching Internship allows students to observe the conduct of a college course and to share the pedagogical activity of the supervising instructor. The student serves as co-teacher with a mentor teacher from the English Department and assists with an undergraduate course in composition, creative writing or literature. The student attends each course session and shares responsibility for instructing the class and responding to students' written work. Teaching internships are only available to second-year students.
- Interns will observe the conduct of a college course by attending each class session;
- Interns will learn the rudiments of course planning, the writing of paper topics and examinations, grading, and classroom instruction.
Students can learn about small press internet publishing through internships with MARY, the Program's in-house web publication. Student interns assist with various elements of administration, editing, layout, publicity, and advertising.
- develop a selection process for each genre;
- attend meetings and act as the representative for his or her genre, selecting from submissions or soliciting work to contribute to the final issue(s).
Students will work with Wave Books Senior Editor and St. Mary's MFA Core Faculty Matthew Zapruder on specific editorial projects related to books, as well as other editorial and curatorial activities. Depending on what the editors are working on during the time of the internship, interns may assist in various ways with current, special or future publishing projects. Interns will also work on a public event scheduled at St. Mary's that will feature Wave authors. Finally, interns will have the opportunity to conduct interviews and write reviews with Wave authors, for possible publication. Wave Books publishes 8-10 books per year, mostly poetry but also books of translation or prose by poets, specializing in the work of mid-career authors. Internships begin Spring 2014.
Commitment: One semester
- learn about the editorial process, including manuscript discovery, evaluation, editing, and production
- gain an understanding of the range of contemporary poetry being published now in electronic and print journals, and further understand the trends, influences and traditions that make up contemporary poetry publishing
- refine and expand methods of discussing and evaluating poetry manuscripts and individual poems, especially in terms of readership and reception
- observe first hand the particularities and specific challenges of editing a poetry manuscript for publication
- become familiar with the work of Wave Books poets (backlist and current publications), including opportunities to meet poets and discuss their poetry and publications
- assist with Wave Books' activities (book table, readings, other functions) at the annual Associated Writing Program Conference
- assist with the planning and implementation of public events, including a college-wide discussion and reading at St. Mary's
- have the opportunity to conduct interviews and write reviews for publication in nationally-recognized magazines
Caught in the Carousel
Students edit and produce content, manage social media, and outreach with PR firms and record companies at Caught in the Carousel (CITC)
, an online monthly music magazine that boasts a global staff of over 40 writers who are located from California to Cyprus. Over the years they've had everyone from novelist Rick Moody to the musician Devendra Banhat contribute to the site and every year their essays are nominated for the Best American Music Writing series. Their contributors have drawn heavily from the MFA Creative Writing Program (from the class of 1997 to the current one) and they're very proud of their close ties with SMC.
Community Engagement and Service Learning
We Care Services for Children
We Care was founded in 1960 by parents of children with severe developmental disabilities. The founders (nine mothers) sought to establish an organization that would enable their children to receive a range of needed services within their own community. At the time, no such agency existed.
Project Description One:
We would like to have a historical document about the creation and evolution of We Care; from our humble beginning in a local church to the Chaves family donation of nine acres where we currently have our community-based school. We continually hear stories about how the community helped build We Care and from others who believe we changed their child’s life. We believe it would be wonderful to capture the rich history of this agency.
The project would include reading some of the historical letters and files we have plus interviewing past families, board members, and the founding director.
Project Description Two:
We have many success stories about the children and families we serve. The stories are used on our website, in our marketing materials, and soon to be social media efforts. We would really like for the stories to “come alive” and I know this would be possible with the students in the creative writing course.
The project would include reviewing our collection of stories and re-writing them for impact. Also, it may include interviewing current and alumni parents to get additional stories.
We, as all nonprofits, write to foundations and other funders about our program services and why funding is needed. It would be wonderful to have our past proposals read and revamped to be more compelling.
Lafayette Senior Services
Interns will facilitate a creative writing workshop at Lafayette Senior Services. The class focuses on documenting a life story through writing prompts and exercises and discussion of manuscripts. Seniors are invited to attend Saint Mary’s Afternoon Craft Conversations, normally open only to MFA Candidates. An interest in working with the senior population and memoir is strongly suggested. The internship will culminate with a anthology of work and a reading from the seniors at Lafayette Senior Center.
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Lafayette Seniors Citizens
Lafayette Seniors Citizens
Lafayette Seniors Citizens
River of Words
River of Words is a linked network of people throughout the United States and the world who are committed to teaching the art and poetry of place to young people. Founded by activist Pamela Michael and then-US Poet Laureate, River of Words promotes environmental literacy through the arts and cultural exchange. ROW reaches thousands of educators and young people around the world through its annual art and poetry contest. Interns work to coordinate the annual youth art and poetry contests, as well as the ceremonies that invite young people to understand their watershed. Interns will also work to publish the River of Words annual anthology.
- sort, enter data, discuss, evaluate, and acknowledge entries to the annual contest;
- generate and mail awards and recognition certificates to contest participants;
- design and prepare the contest anthology for publication;
- plan for and assist with ROW award ceremonies in Washington D.C. and on SMC campus.
Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America
Interns are given the opportunity to recruit and interview patients, family members, and volunteers in order to give voice to their personal journeys with chronic illness. They then are able to shape interviews and craft stories for web/print publication in order to build awareness, education and strengthen the community of patients, physicians, families, volunteers and donors. Interns encourage the sharing of these personal narratives to bring dignity to the lives of those affected by IBD.