The Editing Internship runs every Fall semester and is open to students who have strong writing skills and an interest in learning about academic publishing, The course culminates in a yearly volume of the scholarly journal Dialogues@RU. Spring 2022 will mark the 16th edition of this entirely undergraduate endeavor - from content to finished product, this internship is unique in every way.
The 15-week course begins with a call for papers from the Writing Program's Research in the Disciplines (355:201) sections. Each year, hundreds of submissions are reviewed, with the strongest essays chosen by the Selections Committee interns. Next, editing interns work one-on-one with the student-authors, offering comprehensive assistance in revising and refining their work. After going through both substantive and technical edits, the essays are proofread for source verification and organization. Associate Editors manage the workflow and communicate with interns and authors to endure each project's success. The Marketing and Promotions Committee develops material to advertise the journal on social media sites.
Students who participate in the Editing Internship learn real-life skills needed for careers in publishing. From time management to building relationships with authors, the editors acquire a deep appreciation for the process of producing scholarly work. Student interns are also surprised by the range of topics Dialogues essays span. Analyses of film, medicine, history, critical race theory, social justice, and environmentalism are only a few of the subject areas that each volume contains. And despite the wide array of topics, all essays, indeed every volume of the journal, have one thing in common: industrious undergraduate students.