World Literature Today, OU’s award-winning bimonthly magazine of international literature and culture, was founded in 1927 as an academic journal. Over its eighty-seven-year history, it has come to be recognized as one of the premier literary magazines in the world. In the past ten years, WLT has also become the first university-based magazine to broaden its appeal to an audience outside the academy. (See a listing of WLT's many accomplishments in the past decade on the magazine's website.)
Is World Literature Today more than a magazine?
WLT has also become a vibrant humanities center for OU students. Working with hundreds of students a year, WLT sponsors a magazine publishing course, a student-led book club, a student advisory board, Neustadt and Puterbaugh student fellowships, student research grants, and one or two literary conferences a year, in addition to one of the best internship programs on campus.
What do interns do and learn?
Interns gain valuable professional experience in:
- manuscript acquisitions and editing
- magazine layout and design
- the printing process
- event planning
- marketing and promotion
- web design and development
- social media
- Internet and library research
In recent years, students have been the driving force behind special issues on graphic literature, endangered languages, performance poetry, and food culture by serving as guest editors, writing book reviews and travel “Outposts,” and interviewing authors.
Are internships voluntary or paid?
WLT student internships are voluntary (non-paid), but schedules are flexible and can be as few as two hours a week or up to ten or more. On occasion, WLT employs interns in work-study positions.
How do I apply for a WLT internship?
Click the button below to open the internship application in a new window. For more information about internship opportunities, call Terri at 325-4531.