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Students get hands-on experience with 'Perspective'

Five students gained journalistic skills, professional experience and an opportunity to be published through their writing internships with Harpur Perspective magazine.

Provost Donald Nieman, former dean of Harpur College, initiated the experiment. “We have such bright, hard-working students,” he says. “I knew they could produce highquality stories and learn a lot in the process.”

The interns were recruited by Christine Gelineau, assistant director of Harpur College’s Creative Writing Program, and Mary Haupt, a lecturer in English. Lori Fuller, Harpur College Communications manager, mentored the students.

“Getting published in Harpur Perspective is really cool, and that’s a unique opportunity for an internship,” says Nicholas Wilsey, a junior English major with a concentration in creative writing.

The students attended events and readings on campus, interviewed faculty, students and alumni, and wrote articles. They received credit for the internship through the English Department’s internship program.

"You get to talk to a lot of interesting people. You have to interview the speakers or professors, which is cool,” said Irene Bunnell, ’12, who was a double major in English and comparative literature.

Megan Brockett, a senior majoring in English with a concentration in rhetoric, plans to go into journalism. Because Binghamton University doesn’t have a formal journalism major, she says this internship was even more important.

Grace Guy ’12, who was an English rhetoric and philosophy double-major, took Haupt’s class as well. Coming from a news background, she found this a good opportunity and is now planning a career in public relations.

Christie Hackett, a senior majoring in English with a creative writing concentration and Chinese minor, says this internship was an opportunity to explore a field she was unsure she would like.

All five students say that this experience will be of value to their future careers.

“The more you write, the better you’re going to be at it,” Brockett says.

—Erica Treventi

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Last Updated: 11/14/16