Success Stories

Writing Center job leads to NYC

Samantha Howard

An alumna who secured a competitive internship in New York City could help move the next bestselling book from manuscript to bookstores.

Samantha Howard, a native of Marshall, Michigan, graduated in December 2010 with a double major in English and Women and Gender Studies. She will spend this summer as an editorial intern for W.W. Norton & Co., an established publishing house that produces textbooks and general interest books.

While at Grand Valley, Howard served as a lead consultant in the Fred Meijer Center for Writing and Michigan Authors. Ellen Schendel, director of the writing center and associate professor of writing, said Howard was a natural leader and completed a Student Summer Scholars project that focused on ideal writing environments.

"Sam is one of those students who dove into the many opportunities Grand Valley offers," Schendel said.

As an editorial intern for Norton, Howard will be reading manuscripts, attending editorial meetings and helping to market new books. She said her Grand Valley education and the ability to be connected to multiple departments aided her resume.

"Being involved with English, the Writing Center and Women and Gender Studies developed my writing and communication skills in vast and multifaceted ways," Howard said.

by Michele Coffill

This story was filed with the tags: Competition, Impressive Internships