Editor's note: This is part three in our Intern Appreciation Week series.
Margaret Duvall is an English major with a Spanish minor and is currently writing her senior honors thesis on late Philip Roth novels. During her junior year she studied abroad in England, but she is very happy to be back in Bloomington for her last year.
Describe your position at the IU Press:
As a rights intern I primarily help with managing foreign translations and their contracts. I assist in handling online piracy issues and update the IU Press website.
What else are you involved in on campus?
For the last few years I’ve been involved with Teatro VIDA which is a Spanish language performance group run by the Spanish department, both acting and directing. I also work as a lifeguard for Recreational Sports.
Why did you decide to intern with the IU press?
Although English courses are intellectually stimulating, I felt that I was lacking some real world experience in the field. I hope to publish my academic work eventually, and with the internship I’m able to see how the process of publishing works from the other side.
What is your dream career?
Although the future is pretty fuzzy right now, I am planning on going to graduate school in English and I would love to teach in some capacity. I definitely know that I want to keep learning for the rest of my life.
What are your hobbies?
In my spare time, I like to cook vegetarian food and read. I also love outdoor activities like hiking and organic farming, and I spend my summers working at a cooperative peace camp in Michigan called Circle Pines Center which teaches environmental stewardship and social justice.
What is your favorite book?
This is probably the most difficult and most commonly asked question that an English major gets. While I love many books, because of my thesis I’ve lately been really into American Pastoral and Sabbath’s Theater by Philip Roth.