Why intern with MAI?
What former interns are saying...
Meaghan Zang, 2013 intern, Wheaton College
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Q: Please describe one or two things that you have learned during this internship.
I've had the privilege of learning about the process of writing myself as well as the ways good writing is practiced internationally. I've grown as a writer by the program's focus on drafting and revision and I've been inspired by hearing the stories of men and women overseas who practice their craft amidst any number of obstacles.
Q: How do you think your views of publishing and/or global Christian literature have expanded or changed (if at all)?
Before starting the internship with MAI, my views on global Christian literature were fuzzy at best. I knew that somehow people in other countries read, wrote, and translated books, but I knew nothing about their process or challenges. I've enjoyed learning more about the unique situation of publishing Christian literature internationally as well as the necessity for good writing within each culture and country.
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Katie Skero, 2012 intern, Moody Bible Institute
Q: What do you feel you’ve learned while at MAI?
Generally speaking, my writing and editing skills have greatly improved as I have learned to work with my professional colleagues as well as international authors, speakers, publishers, etc. Specifically, I have learned how to better communicate via email, how to take and give constructive criticism for the ultimate benefit of the reader, how to do editing and revisions with quick turn-arounds, and how to effectively use social media to communicate widely and positively for a ministry. My knowledge of the world’s need for Christian literature has grown exponentially, and I leave feeling adequately prepared to interact with Christian writers, editors and publishers on an international level.
Q: How do you think your views of publishing have changed, if they have?
There is a need for international awareness among Christian publishers in U.S, but there is an even stronger need to support independent and lesser-known Christian publishing houses throughout the world as they strive to produce literature that will speak to the hearts of their country’s people.
I feel much less intimidated by the idea of publishing a book. There is so much help offered in the process of publication that if a book has a message that is redemptive and relatable, it can and should be published!
I appreciated the flexibility of MAI as they worked with my availability, my school’s internship requirements, and even my transportation needs! Everyone made me feel trusted and valued throughout my internship, and I am really grateful for the opportunity to have contributed to the cause of MAI.
Raquel Corbin, 2011 intern, Wheaton College
"My time at MAI has been a terrific growing experience for me. My writing has improved a lot through feedback and practice, especially in beating out the tendecy to use passive voice, strengthening verbs and getting at the heart of an article in a concise and interesting way. I have appreciated the opportunity to have my work edited and to be able to collaborate back and forth on creating excellent pieces. I also think I've grown as an editor of others' work, learning how to use Word for quick and efficient editing, drawing out an author's real message and contributing to the overall formatting/grammar quality of the pieces.
"It has also been good for me to be exposed to working in an office environment. I have found that I truly enjoy the opportunity to organize my own working time, keep track of several projects at once and be able to take initiative on projects of my own. I have so appreciated the chance to be involved in the real innerworkings of MAI instead of just orbiting around it as an observer. I have felt that my opinion is desired and respected and that I am a genuine contributer to the work of MAI.
"I think my perspective on publishing has absolutely been shaped by my time at MAI. It wasn't until I read about this company that I even considered the nature of Christian publishing in other countries. It is so clear to me now how it is a problem to only have translated materials, and how that reality presents the West as having some kind of monopoly on Christian truth, which is certainly not the case. Furthermore, the expression of self and culture through literature is a fundamental human need, and the global church needs to have that kind of literature from all its member nations.
"In my own desire to enter Christian publishing, I have been challenged in my ideas about what makes a Christian book and what the true purpose of literature should be. My eyes have been opened to the ways in which literature can be used to serve the church, to bring hope and to spread the gospel rather than simply retreating into a small, intellectual circle of 'book lovers.'"
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