Internship in Publishing: The Missouri Review (traditional) and The Missouri Review (online)

ENGLSH 4950/7950
Section 01 and 04
Marc McKee
Course Description

The Missouri Review is a leader in teaching students about literary publishing through our internship. Our goal is to train young literary editors in an intense, systematic program. The course is offered to undergraduate and graduate students in all disciplines, but the core group consists of students majoring in English who want to pursue careers in publishing.

The editors encourage individual initiative and teamwork, while offering interns the resource of their many years of publishing experience. Students learn practical editing skills and generate publishing credit by writing book reviews or conducting author interviews. Interested students write blog entries and are involved in web content development, as well as assisting in producing digital audio versions of the print magazine. Students also learn the basics of manuscript acquisition, magazine distribution and other business practices.

An ongoing challenge in higher education is providing students with real-world experience to complement solid traditional scholarship. Potential employers want to know what students have actually accomplished, as well as what academic courses they have taken. Our interns are able to say that they have contributed to one of our finest literary magazines, helping shape American literature.