Meet Rebecca Beaulieu ’18 Proprietary Content Editorial Intern at EBSCO Information Services
Tell us about where you are interning and the kind of work you are doing.
I’m interning at EBSCO Information Services, with their Proprietary Content Development and Management Team. Basically, articles and content that EBSCO owns the rights to are edited here and put onto the databases. As an intern, I am working on lateral linking within Research Starter articles and assisting with content correction.
Give us an example of how you have applied your academic learnings to your internship?
While these articles go through many rounds of edits within the team, I have to proofread to make sure there are no grammatical errors in the content. As for the articles I am reading and the lateral linking, a lot of that information was new to me when I started this internship last summer.
What has surprised you about being an intern?
Particularly at my internship, I am surprised at the kind of work they’re giving me. I have a lot of projects and responsibility as an intern. I’m not making coffee for coworkers or observing the work of other people. I’m not fact-checking articles in their first round of edits but I am taking work off of the shoulders of others who work here. For instance, this summer I’m working on a batch of Military History articles that need lateral links. Now when someone opens the article about Ethan Allen in EBSCO’s Discovery Search, they can click on “American Revolution” and it will bring them to that article. The project had over 1,000 articles when I started and will be completed in six or seven weeks.
How did this experience influence or connect to your future career plans / goals?
This experience has given me insight to one aspect of publishing. My hope for a future career is in communications or journalism, so this experience has improved my editing and critical reading skills for the future.
Any internship advice to pass on to other Holy Cross students?
Don’t hesitate to ask coworkers for advice, or to eat lunch together!