7 Reasons You Should Apply for Sigma Tau Delta’s Journal Internship

I worked as one of two interns on Sigma Tau Delta’s journals, The Sigma Tau Delta Review and The Sigma Tau Delta Rectangle from May 2016 through January 2017. It was an amazing opportunity that allowed me to practice the skills I want to develop as an editor: reading submissions, copy editing, proofreading, and designing layout. I enjoyed this internship and I think you will too! Here’s why you should apply for the journal internship.

1) Gain Experience Working and Editing Remotely

journal internship work remotelyMany freelance editors and writers must learn how to work remotely and communicate through email, text messages, and Skype. This can take some adjusting if you’re used to working in an office or on a campus where you can talk face-to-face with people. This internship provides over six months of experience to develop your telecommunication skills.

2) Learn Multiple Stages of the Editorial Process

Maybe you’ve edited articles for your campus literary magazine, but you haven’t designed an entire project using InDesign. Maybe you’ve worked with InDesign before, but you’ve never read submissions and helped with the selection process. This internship gives you experience in all of those things, which means you’re learning how to do new things, or you’re practicing things you already have some experience in. Real-world experience is something you can’t gain in the classroom, but an internship like this allows you to practice these skills in a friendly and helpful environment—if you have questions, the managing editor is ready to help, and you’ll learn helpful tips from your fellow intern as well!

3) Learn to Pace Yourself and Meet Deadlines

journal workshop to doThis internship is spread out from April through December, but each stage of the publishing process has deadlines you must meet. The work comes in chunks—reading submissions for a few weeks, copy editing selections, fixing citations and quotes on critical essays, and designing layout. You must be able to prioritize the internship work to meet deadlines. It’s hard, especially when you’re balancing other internships, jobs, schoolwork, and extracurricular activities. However, learning to manage deadlines and possible setbacks during various stages of the publishing process is worth it!

4) Broaden your Sigma Tau Delta Network

Although I’m involved in our campus activities, I hadn’t been involved in anything Sigma Tau Delta-related beyond my campus. This internship gave me the opportunity to work with others in the Sigma Tau Delta network, like the other intern and our managing editor. I also read submissions from Sigma Tau Delta members from across the Society. Connecting with members outside my own campus and participating in Sigma Tau Delta’s journals both were such beneficial experiences.

5) Beef up your Résumé

This internship looks amazing on your résumé! It spans more months than a typical semester- or summer-long internship, which looks impressive because it shows you were able to commit to a long-term project. It also indicates you gained experience in several aspects of editing, which means you’re versatile, flexible, and willing to learn new things.

6) Money, Money, Money!

It pays $1,500. That’s right, it’s a paid internship in the publishing industry! That’s incredible. What’s more incredible is that the pay is more than most paid internships in the publishing industry, and you don’t even have to go into an office every day—you can do this internship in your pajamas. The generous payment for this internship makes it one of the most worthwhile experiences I’ve had so far as I begin my career in editing.

7) The Journal Internship Is Fun

I loved reading all of the creative non-fiction essays, fiction, poetry, and yes, even critical essays from Sigma Tau Delta members. Some of it was really good and some of it wasn’t great, but it was enjoyable. I also loved copy editing and proofreading the selected pieces, and working on layout was challenging but enjoyable. If you like reading creative and academic writing, if finding a misplaced comma excites you, if perfecting the formatting of a poem leaves you satisfied, you’ll love this internship.Journal Internship Is Fun

So, what are you waiting for? Start drafting your cover letter and tighten up your résumé because applications are due March 20.

Resources

Sigma Tau Delta Journals
Journal Internship Description and How to Apply


Carolina VonKampen
Sigma Tau Delta Journal Internship Recipient, 2016
Rho Omicron Chapter, Chapter President
Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward, NE

A Superhero Fundraiser Idea

Fundraising is essential for productive chapter life, and with the Sigma Tau Delta 2017 International Convention just around the corner it is time to start raising travel funds for your chapter to attend. Asking strangers for money can be a daunting prospect, but with the right approach everyone can walk away feeling good about the experience. This spring the Wichita State University (WSU) chapter partnered with their local Barnes & Noble to host a successful superhero fundraiser.

Superhero Fundraiser

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Welcome Booth

In spring 2016 the Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter at WSU hosted its most memorable fundraiser to date. The chapter teamed up with the helpful staff of the local Barnes & Noble to throw a superhero book fair event, melding community involvement and family fun. From 11:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. customers were encouraged to wear an “I’m with Sigma Tau” nametag, and 10% of any purchase badge-wearing customers made that day was donated to the chapter fund. To capitalize on our superhero theme we also held a superhero reading for children, heroic emblem face painting, and a hero quest battle for superhero prizes. The superhero theme proved appealing to children of all ages, making for an inclusive and exciting event.

Superhero Selfi

Superhero Selfie

The Sigma Tau Delta booth was positioned at the entrance of the bookstore, an ideal location to greet and meet visitors. The name tags and the pencils and coupons from various local businesses proved to be our conversation starters and offered us an opportunity to educate people about the Society. Our selection of books displayed at the booth generated quite a few donations of these titles to our Wichita State Writing Center. To amp up the day’s superhero theme, the Barnes & Noble staff provided us with a “Superhero Selfie Station,” in which customers could don free superhero masks to take selfies in front of a cityscape background complete with stylized comic-book onomatopoeias.

Super Hero Fundraiser Booth

Superhero Fundraiser Booth

The theme of our superhero fundraiser spread throughout the store with strategically located hero quest stations where adventurers could answer superhero trivia to be entered in a drawing for superhero prizes. During the quest, participants could stop at the face painting station to pick from a selection of superhero emblems to be painted by one of our skilled volunteers who had practiced the previous day on our eager chapter members. The kids fell in love with their temporary “tattoos” and proudly displayed them to members at the entrance booth as they left the store.

In the afternoon, local author Mike Klassen hosted a book-signing booth next to ours. Klassen joined us in engaging a couple of curious young adults on how to become involved in English and creative writing careers. Aside from the superhero fun, holding these conversations with young readers serves as a reflection of what we subconsciously hoped to achieve with our disruption into customers’ Saturday morning: a declaration of our presence within the community and our desire to foster literacy and all aspects of the English discipline. Overall our fundraiser was a success, collecting enough funds to maintain our thriving organization for the upcoming semester, which was made possible by a joint effort from the book-loving (and superhero fan) community and our Sigma Tau Delta members.

Tell us about your chapter’s superhero fundraising efforts in the comments!

superhero-fundraiser-displayFundraising Resources

 


Superhero Fundraiser Victoria StewartVictoria Stewart
Chapter Treasurer
Alpha Theta Omicron Chapter
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

Member Recruitment: Campus Resources

Member recruitment can be difficult: You could have a new chapter and be looking for additional members to help your organization grow; you could be looking for members because many have recently graduated; or you simply could have a small chapter and want more members in order to bolster your chapter’s activity. Regardless of where you and your chapter stand, understanding what campus resources are available to you and learning how to use them is critical to the recruitment process.

Community Events

Membership Recruitment: Former President reading poetry at the "Little Night Music" event

Poster for Annual “Little Night Music” at UNC

From personal experience, community is an integral part to support any organization, whether that community is on a college campus or elsewhere. But while most will agree fostering community connections is important to promote member recruitment, the execution can seem far more difficult. I found that brainstorming ideas to recruit members can be a breeze, but knowing where to start proves far more elusive.

The Zeta Psi Chapter has turned to resources our university, The University of Northern Colorado (UNC), provides to clubs and student-run organizations. If your university or college has a student activities office—or something similarly named—requesting basic information from them is unbelievably beneficial. This office can inform you about funding opportunities, help your chapter rent a table or booth in your university center, and give you information about collaborating with other clubs and organizations. Without the help of the UNC Student Activities office, my chapter wouldn’t have the opportunity to be as active in our campus community through events such as “A Little Night Music,” the marathon reading of A Christmas Carol, and spring and fall bake sales. Having an open line of communication with the student activities office opens doors for your chapter and gives you an idea of what events your chapter has the ability to host.

Student Activities Office

Former President reading poetry at the “Little Night Music” event

Sometimes, offices host member recruitment events specifically for clubs and organizations. For example, our university hosts “Bear Welcome,” an event for incoming freshmen to learn about numerous activities and events the week before classes begin. One of these events is the “Student Involvement Fair” in which clubs and organizations can rent tables to pass out flyers and information to incoming freshmen. This is a great way to recruit members who could potentially be involved in your chapter for their entire college career!

If your university or college doesn’t host a similar event, don’t be afraid to ask the student activities office if there is a way your chapter can become involved helping with new student orientation. Faculty is often required to attend orientation days in order to assist incoming freshmen sign up for classes. Ask your student activity office or professors in your English Department if you can assist with advising and promote your local chapter.

Faculty Collaboration

After talking with the student activities office, have members and your Chapter Sponsor organize a meeting to brainstorm what events would help improve recruitment the most. Bake sales, poetry readings, and writing workshops are some great places to start. A meeting provides the chance to get more involved with your campus community and gives the chapter an opportunity to pass out flyers and get to know other students who may be interested in joining. Make sure you have the student activities office information on hand during the meeting. Once the meeting has concluded you can email the office with any questions you may have regarding organizing your event.

Member Recruitment: Members selling cookies at our annual "Sonnet Sale."

Members selling cookies at our annual “Sonnet Sale”

One Last Member Recruitment Tip

Don’t be afraid to collaborate with other clubs and organizations when planning events. Finding clubs to co-host events both allows for more man power and fosters cross-communication between clubs in the same department. Finding writing and book clubs, or a campus literary magazine to organize events is a fun way to recruit members. Frequently students will participate in more than one club at a time; therefore, collaborating and communicating with like-minded organizations is a great way to increase Sigma Tau Delta chapter membership!

Additional Sigma Tau Delta Resources

What ideas do you have to foster new member recruitment in your chapter?


MSpringer
By Michelle Springer
Associate Student Representative, High Plains Region, 2016-2017
Zeta Psi Chapter
University of Northern Colorado, Evans, CO