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Meghan Stratton

Writing interns play major 'Perspective' role

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For the second year in a row, students helped to tell the stories of Harpur College.

The 12 students — six per semester — obtained the opportunity to write about Harpur College’s programs, students, faculty and alumni through a writing internship with Harpur Perspective. Their work appears not only in this magazine, but in the quarterly online versions of the magazine as well.

The interns, who received academic credit through the English Department, have taken writing and journalism classes with Christine Gelineau, assistant director of Harpur College’s Creative Writing Program, and Mary Haupt, a lecturer in English. Eric Coker, from the Office of Communications and Marketing, and Lori Fuller, Harpur communications manager, oversee the internship program and mentor the students.

The internship program also produced its first student editor in 2013. Meghan Stratton, an English and environmental studies double-major who is scheduled to graduate in spring 2014, served as student editor of Harpur Perspective following her fall writing internship. Stratton worked with the spring interns and helped develop and edit stories for the magazine.

“Working as the student editor gave me the opportunity to hone the skills I developed while working as a student writer,” Stratton says. “Working with the spring interns forced me to really think about what I had learned and streamline it to help them.

“Both internships really strengthened my writing, but I learned a lot more than just a writing style. Communication skills are essential, and I know I’ll be able to apply what I’ve learned wherever I end up.”

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Last Updated: 12/10/14