- Employer: Outrageous Fortune
- Type of Position: Internship
- Industry: Education and Training
- Location: Staunton, VA
- Salary Range:
Mary Baldwin’s online literary journal, Outrageous Fortune, is entering its third year. This is the first wholly-online literary journal in the country edited by undergraduates for undergraduates, and we currently solicit submissions from all over the United States.
This fall, we are moving the journal to a WordPress site, and we’d like to have as many MBC students involved as we can. The editors do not publish their own work in Outrageous Fortune; they edit, correspond with department members and students at other colleges and universities, manage the website, and publicize the journal. Internships are available at both the 200 and 300 levels and involve the following skills:
BUSINESS/BUSINESS WRITING: The Editor-in-Chief writes letters of solicitation to department and program heads requesting submissions. After submissions come in, genre editors correspond with the submitters, crafting letters of acceptance, rejection, or provisional acceptance. Editors must maintain a professional standard—and sometimes guide undergraduate submitters from other colleges to do the same.
EDITING: All of our genre editors actively work with submitters to make their manuscripts as strong as possible before publication. Even rejected work is often lightly edited to help the student with future submissions. Our editors work with all issues of writing, from global concerns of organization and clarity to local concerns of grammar and correspond with submitters.
MARKETING: Editors manage our Facebook page, letting others know when we are taking submissions and when we are publishing a new issue. We could use more interns in Marketing!
TEACHING: In working with other undergraduate writers, our editors often find themselves in “teachable moments”—receiving a submission in an unprofessional format; finding manuscripts that are full of grammar errors; corresponding with an individual who has not mastered the niceties of professional comportment on email. These are all opportunities for our editors to practice teaching skills, informing submitters about the conventions of professional correspondence and guiding them through writing problems of all kinds.
WEB DESIGN/MANAGEMENT: The Outrageous Fortune site is a live journal, and our Managing Editors do the work of keeping our site neat, attractive, and readable. As we move to our new site, we will have greater need for Web Designers and Managers to start up a blog and keep us looking good. We also have need this year for a Web Archivist to help move our old issues from the old site onto the new one.
Required Education and Experience: