Editor's note: Today we conclude our Intern Appreciation Week series with a blog about managing editorial intern Carly Yingst. Carly is a senior from Jeffersonville, IN, majoring in English and minoring in Slavic Languages and Literatures (focusing mostly on Russian and Czech). She is also part of the Liberal Arts and Management Program at IU.
Describe your position at IU Press.
I work with the manuscripts editorial department, so I do a lot of proofreading, working through several successive passes to make sure all corrections—by authors, and by editors—get made, correctly. My work usually starts after the digital manuscript files have been copy-edited and coded, so I’ll scan through those to make sure everything is ready to go to print, both text and art, before all the proofing. I’ve been working on a lot of indexes lately as well, which is a similar process: running macros to format things correctly, and reviewing for any major errors in alphabetization or in numbering. Basically, my job involves a lot of detail-work, which can actually sometimes be a nice change of pace from all the abstract thinking I usually do in my coursework.
What else are you involved in on campus?
I’ve worked as an editor for the Undergraduate Scholar, Hutton’s research publication, and am also part of a few reading groups on campus. One’s currently centered on the work of Margaret Atwood, since she’ll be visiting campus in February. I was really looking forward her visit when I first heard about it last year, and am now even more excited to have a chance to hear her speak, and also maybe to get a chance present some of my Atwood-related research with other undergrads in the spring. I’ve also got a thesis I’m writing, so everything’s pretty academic-centered at the moment.
Why did you decide to intern with IU Press?
I’m definitely interested in publishing, and my interest in academic work led me to the scholarly side. IUP seemed the natural place, given its location, and my being a student here, which would let me intern for longer than just a summer. But, even more than that, I knew they published a lot of really great work (including a few books by some of my favorite professors here), and so it seemed like a pretty great opportunity. (And has been, thus far.)
What is your dream career?
I’d really like to one day be on the other side of the publishing process, and am planning to head to grad school in a year or so, probably to study 20th century American Lit/modernism. I’m pretty excited about the teaching/professing side of academics as well; I’ve had a bunch of really great classes and professors, and I really just want to be able to keep sharing that same excitement about literature, and other arts, as well as to continue to educate people about its greater cultural/political/societal/etc. importance.
What are your hobbies?
I read a lot, watch a lot of film, listen to a lot of music, and write a lot—I’ve recently started trying to keep a music/book/film review blog. When I have time—which is pretty rare, at the moment—I also paint and draw. (Mostly I just like the arts—though I do a fair amount of reading about astronomy, too.)
What is your favorite book?
This is really an impossible question, but…maybe a tie between Infinite Jest, The Third Policeman, and Frank O’Hara’s Lunch Poems right now. (Something by Dostoevsky, Conrad, or Hrabal should probably also be on this list, though.)