Intern: Elizabeth Symm, MA in English with emphasis in children’s literature
Workplace Supervisor: Sarah Hancock, Editor, Department of Communication and Agricultural Education, Kansas State University
Faculty Supervisor: Anne Philips, Associate Professor, English
Course: ENGL 797 Professional Writing Internship (External)
Semester: Fall 2012
Elizabeth Symm, a second-year Master's student in English, completed an internship under Sarah Hancock in the Department of Communication and Agricultural Education in the Fall of 2012. Her supervisor, Sarah Hancock, edits and compiles research reports for the Agriculture Experiment Station (AES). In addition, Sarah provides a scholarly editing service. Elizabeth knew she wanted an internship in editing and, with the help of her Major Professor, drew up a list of potential contacts. With Sarah, she found the internship she truly wanted. For internship seekers, Elizabeth advises, “Be determined. If you know something that you want to intern in, go out there and see what’s available. If you’re not finding things, go to your advisor and get some ideas for where to look, because there are definitely opportunities.”
During her nine hour per week internship, Elizabeth worked on various manuscripts or reports that Sarah directed to her. Not having previous experience in editing, Elizabeth learned the ins and outs of editing and how a publication is put together from beginning to finish. The internship gave her confidence in her search for a job post-graduation. For Sarah, the supervising opportunity was a pleasure; she was able to teach Elizabeth and track her growth. “We are making an investment in a student who is bright, who has a lot of ability, who wants to have a career and get some experience, and take a step toward getting a good job.” It was fulfilling for Sarah to utilize her job by providing students, like Elizabeth, the opportunity to cross disciplines and work with some of K-State’s best researchers.