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Amie Ruggiero '12

Amy RuggieroInternship: Editorial Intern at Scribner, Simon & Schuster

Future Plans
Amie was awarded a competitive spot in the Dual B.A./Graduate Degree Program with Manhattanville College and Pace University and she will earn her Master's of Science in Publishing in May 2013. She plans to become an Editor for adult fiction hopefully with Simon Schuster!

How Amie found her internship and how she prepared
My professor received an email from the Center for Career Development (CCD) and he forwarded it to me. I was really excited so I immediately made an appointment with the CCD to work on my resume and practice interviewing. The practice helped because I had an opportunity to think about what I was going to say and to talk about what I was going to wear to the interview.

Applying early is beneficial!
I applied the day after I worked with the CCD on my resume. Simon & Schuster hires 40 interns for various departments within the company. I applied early and within 2 days Human Resources called me to schedule an interview. I was the 2nd person interviewed and selected to be an intern and so I was able to choose the department for my internship. Interns hired at a later date were placed and did not have the luxury of choosing their location.

What to wear
Although the publishing industry can be laid back, I wanted make a good impression so I dressed conservatively for the interview. Once I started interning I became accustomed to what was appropriate for this particular company. The requirements were simple, I didn't need to wear a suit, I just needed to look professional. On casual Friday's I was allowed to wear jeans.

The interview
We had a lot to talk about because I love to read! I read all of the time and so I was able to discuss various books with the interviewer. I also researched the company, the business and market trends so I not only knew a lot about the company but the industry as well. For me it is not just about getting a job- I want to love what I do!

Advice
Do not be opposed to any kind of job. In the beginning of my internship I was asked to make copies of manuscripts (some of which were 400 pages in length) and to create mailing lists. Although it was not terribly exciting I always said yes with a smile and stayed positive. I heard how the staff talked about the interns that gave them attitude for being given tedious work. People began to notice me and gave me more responsibilities and more fun things to do! I was eventually asked to read manuscripts and report on them and I was invited to sit in on the occasional meetings. These experiences gave me a chance to see the full editorial experience.