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Student Staff Opportunities

Readings for students interested in serving on the editorial staff, either as editorial assistants or interns.

Graduate Editorial Assistantships

Melissa Edmundson Makala and Celeste McMaster, were both promoted to assistant editors during their time on staff.

Graduate students assigned to the North Carolina Literary Review for a 10-20–hour per week assistantship serve as Editorial Assistants. Any student accepted into an East Carolina University graduate program is eligible to apply for this assistantship.

If you are interested, contact the editor, Professor Margaret Bauer, to set up an appointment to meet or speak with her. You can do this either while you are considering applying to ECU’s graduate program or after you have been accepted.

Find out more about Graduate Studies in English at ECU.

“…the way [the editor] pushed me to triple check and pay attention to details has taken me far as a freelance editor. I’ve been able to work with authors and do some contract editing for magazines and small independent publishers who’ve praised my thoughtful comments.”

— Crystal Holdefer, 2012 issue Editorial Assistant

Undergraduate Internships

Fall 2015 intern Brianna Horton with North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson; photograph by Linda Fox

Undergraduate students at ECU enrolled in the editor’s section of ENGL 4890 (fall) and/or 4891 (spring): Practicum/Careers in Writing serve as interns on the NCLR staff for a semester (or, with advisor approval, 2 semesters).

Students in English, Communication, Graphic Design, and Marketing would benefit from the NCLR internship.

Interns work 10 hours per week, scheduling their hours around their other class/work schedules.

Interns must have strong writing and proofreading skills and be proficient at using Microsoft Word. Ingenuity and reliability are key; the rest is learn-on-the-job.

There is no set number of interns, so applying to be an NCLR intern is not about competition; it’s about whether you have the right work ethic and strong writing skills.

More information about the internships here. [PDF]

“Interning at the NCLR was one of the best decisions I made in my college career. It taught me a lot about my work ethic, and it gave me peace of mind that after graduating, I could find a similar job and love what I’m doing,”

— Tay Peed, Intern Fall 2018