“Interning at the NCLR was one of the best decisions I made in my college career. It taught me a lot about my work ethic, and it gave me peace of mind that after graduating, I could find a similar job and love what I’m doing,”

—Tay Peed, Intern Fall 2018

Read more about Tay here.

"Working as an editorial assistant for the North Carolina Literary Review has provided me with opportunitiesto develop my editing skills, coordinate a fiction contest, write press releases, and it has enriched my graduate school experience.”

—Teresa Bryson, Editorial Assistant 2015–17

"...the way [the editor] pushed me to triple check and pay attention to details has taken me far as a freelance editor. I've been able to work with authors and do some contract editing for magazines
and small independent publishers who've praised my thoughtful comments."—Crystal Holdefer, 2012 issue Editorial Assistant

"Interning at NCLR gave me the quantifiable experience and editorial skills that have helped me reach my career goals and which I continue to use daily."—Jessica Chirico, 2012 issue Intern

student staff opportunities

  • Graduate Editorial Assistantships
  • Graduate students assigned to the North Carolina Literary Review for a 10-20–hour per week assistantship serve as Editorial Assistants. Any student accepted into an East Carolina University graduate program is eligible to apply for this assistantship.
  • If you are interested, contact the editor, Professor Margaret Bauer, to set up an appointment to meet or speak with her. You can do this either while you are considering applying to ECU’s graduate program or after you have been accepted.
  • Find out more about Graduate Studies in English at ECU.
  • Readings for students interested in serving on the editorial staff, either as editorial assistants or interns.
  • Find out more about the NCLR staff via the OUR STAFF tab above.
  • below left: Melissa Edmundson Makala and Celeste McMaster, former editorial assistants who were both promoted to assistant editors during their time on staff
    photograph courtesy of NCLR

    below right: Fall 2015 intern Brianna Horton with North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson; photograph by Linda Fox

  • Undergraduate Internships
  • Undergraduate students at ECU enrolled in the editor's section of ENGL 4890: Practicum/Careers in Writing serve as interns on the NCLR staff for a semester (those wishing to serve a full year can discuss with their advisor enrolling in ENGL 4891 the second semester).
  • This internship opportunity is offered every fall semester. New interns are not accepted in spring unless they have taken a section of ENGL 3870 involving formatting workshops with NCLR staff.  
  • Interns work 10 hours per week, scheduling their hours around their other class/work schedule.
  • Interns must have strong writing and proofreading skills and be proficient at using Microsoft Word. Ingenuity and reliability are key; the rest is learn-on-the-job.
  • There is no set number of interns, so applying to be an NCLR intern is not about competition; it's about whether you have the right work ethic and strong writing skills.
  • A member of the editorial staff usually holds informational sessions on the internship during spring advising week or preregistration week.  Announcements for these sessions are sent out of the English Department Undergraduate Director's office. If you are not an English major or minor but are interested in this opportunity, contact the editor to find out when this information session will take place. (Students in Communication, Graphic Design, and Marketing woud benefit from the NCLR internship.)

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