Thursday, February 23, 2012

Kiley Kudrna's Internship in Publishing

By Kelsey McWilliams, Marketing Intern at CU-Boulder Career Services

Kiley Kudrna, CU-Boulder senior, just landed her first internship with the assistance of Boulder's Career Services office. Westview Press, a local publisher of undergraduate and graduate textbooks, hired her as an Editorial Assistant Intern.

As a Humanities major, emphasizing in English and Psychology with a minor in Italian, Kiley loves to read, write, and travel. Before pursuing this internship Kiley knew she wanted to do something in publishing or editing.

Kiley found her dream internship using Career Services Online, our online database for CU-Boulder students and alumni interested in jobs, internships, and career events. She did so by coming into our Career Services office on campus in the Center for Community to meet with Career Counselor Jodi Schneiderman.

During their first meeting Jodi talked about looking for jobs and internships as well as the process of applying to them. She then sent Kiley several follow-up emails to help track her progress, which included a link to her current internship.

Their second appointment entailed working on Kiley's cover letter and resume, which Jodi helped with significantly. Kiley applied and got the internship at Westview Press thanks to her many skills as well as the help from Career Services. She says about our office, “I love it and I wouldn't have been able to be where I am without their help.”

She spends her time at work proofreading, finding professors to review textbooks, and making competition grids comparing Westview's books to others. She also researches potential professors to use Westview's textbooks in their curriculum. The part of her internship that she enjoys most is getting to know her coworkers. “They are all so nice and I know I am learning a lot about the publishing industry, which is preparing me for the future,” Kiley said.

After she graduates Kiley hopes to live in New York with a job in either publishing or editing. She has already begun applying to future jobs, and she suggests that other CU students “Keep applying and don't give up. You will find something that is the perfect fit for you.”