Last year, Stephens College student Shelly Romero ’17 fell in love with New York City during the English/Creative Writing program’s spring break trip.
This summer, she’ll return to the city, this time to attend NYU’s prestigious Summer Publishing Institute (SPI) program, an intense, six-week study of book, magazine, and digital publishing.
“I’m looking forward to everything this amazing opportunity has in store for me,” said Romero, who recently received early acceptance into the program. “I feel extremely prepared to take on the Big Apple and SPI.”
During the program offered by NYU’s School of Professional Studies, students attend guest lectures with leading book, magazine and digital industry professionals. The program also offers workshops, group projects, various networking events, and resume reviews and mock internships.
Romero, who will earn a B.A. in English from Stephens in May, credits Stephens with preparing her for this opportunity.
“I often tell people that I wouldn't be who I am and I wouldn’t have had all the opportunities that I have had without Stephens,” she said.
At Stephens, Romero has had invaluable experiences working on the staffs of Harbinger, Stephens’ literary magazine and Creative Ink, the student marketing firm. She also has taken graphic design classes, which, alongside her acquired editorial skills, will make her more marketable to employers.
At the conclusion of SPI, students attend a career fair, where they have the chance to interview with top publishers in the industry.
Romero will also receive a graduate certificate, as well as six graduate credit hours that can be applied to NYU’s M.S. in Publishing: Digital and Print Media.
Romero is the second Stephens College graduate to attend SPI in the last two years.
Maya Alpert ’16 attended last summer and now works as an editorial assistant at Insight Editions, a publisher in San Rafael, Calif.
“I hope that my experience with the program will be seen as a potential path to take for other students in my program interested in publishing,” Romero said.
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