The “Eckerd Review,” Eckerd’s longstanding literary magazine, introduced a new internship program this semester. The program meets every other Wednesday and is taken across a whole academic year.
The internship program began as part of a larger effort on the part of the Creative Writing department to develop a stronger literary community at Eckerd and prepare students for the professional world of writing after graduation. Gloria Muñoz, instructor of Creative Writing and faculty adviser to the “Eckerd Review,” created the course with hopes to give students a practical learning experience in editing and publishing.
“Students in the internship will learn the ins and outs of editing, curating and producing a literary magazine while also learning about themselves as writers, readers and editors,” Muñoz said. “[The internship] is a more valuable model that enables students to truly gain a creative and professional learning experience.”
Editor-in-Chief Kate Kobosko, part of the staff since her first year, said the program was also made to diversify the journal and attract more members. The staff hopes that the chance to get class credit will encourage a wider range of students to join and stick with it.
Out of the seven interns working with the “Review” this semester, more than half are new to the staff, and some are already making changes.
The “Eckerd Review” has added two new categories for submission and publication since launching the internship. Before, sections were limited to fiction, nonfiction, poetry and visual art. Now, students may submit hybrid essays (a style of writing that combines multiple forms, such as poetry and visual art) and critical essays. The critical essay category came at the suggestion of one of the editors of the journal and intern senior Jo Serpico.
According to Kobosko, these new voices are important to the Review’s mission, especially in light of the recent push to define and solidify the magazine’s aesthetic.
“Typically, in the fall, we don’t do much for the Review, because we’re getting submissions,” Kobosko said. “That’s getting restructured a lot with the internship. We’re doing more work in terms of looking at other literary magazines and defining the aesthetic of the Eckerd Review. We’re discovering who we want to be and who we are.”