Editorial Internship with the Central Penn Business Journal.
I was an editorial intern with the Central Penn Business Journal, located in Harrisburg, PA in June 2012. I was so excited with the opportunity to intern here, because I wanted to gain the experience of writing and editing for a newspaper. I didn't have much editorial experience before it, and it’s a career field I’m interested in.
The CPBJ editors were enthusiastic about giving me a well-rounded learning experience to get a feel for every component that goes into publishing the business journal. I appreciated this, because I was able to shadow the reporters, graphic designers, marketing department, and more. And for my own work, they made sure to give me a combination of ‘behind-the-scenes’ experiences and opportunities to be published.
I learned how to copy edit blogs, articles, and individual publications, and this involved becoming familiar with AP style. AP was the only citation system I wasn’t familiar with ahead of time, so it was a learning curve for me. But after copy editing so many texts, I adapted quickly and gained a solid understanding of AP style. I also learned how to post blogs to their website, using a system called Saxotech. I enjoyed learning new programs like this, because it helped me understand everything that goes into publishing the journal.
My favorite part of the internship was writing my own articles. Since I only had mild experience writing articles, I started out slowly by researching potential sources and leads. The deadlines at the CPBJ were always specific and set in stone, like most publications, so I always had to make a plan to ensure the article was completed in time. As the summer went on, I was given a question and answer article, so I did an extensive interview with the president of a local college in order to write an article. I enjoyed talking to him, learning from him, and then sharing his thoughts with readers through my article. It was a rewarding process, and I loved every part of it. To view samples of the articles I wrote during my internship, please click the images on this page!