Meet the Interns: Carmen Germaine

Last, but certainly not least, in our intern spotlight series: Carmen in editorial shares her academic interests, love of NYC street culture, and a summer vacation spot that just might have New York beat…

  • Name and role at the Press: Carmen Germaine, Editorial Intern
  • Major/minor/year at NYU: Literature/Social Research major and Public Policy minor, Class of 2014 (at NYU Abu Dhabi)
  • Any previous internships you’d like to note?: I’ve been interning with an NYUAD professor, Prof Paulo Horta, on a work he’s compiling on Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient.
  • How did you hear about this internship and/or why did you decide to intern with NYU Press?: Professor Horta mentioned that he thought NYU Press might have an opening for a summer intern, and he gave my name to Eric and Ciara. [Ed.: Our editor-in-chief and assistant editor, respectively.] I was looking for an internship in the publishing industry here in New York, preferably in editorial, in either literary fiction or academic publishing, so this position seemed perfect. I’m not majoring in Social Research any more, and I finished my requirements for the concentration, so I thought it would be a great opportunity to keep in touch with some of the exciting things being published in the social sciences while also immersing myself in the publishing industry and exploring the editorial process.
  • Subject area NYU Press publishes in that most interests you: I don’t know if I could choose—they all seem really interesting! I’m probably most interested in Sociology, but as part of that I’d love to read more in Cultural Studies, Race and Ethnicity, and Women’s Studies.
  • Any Spring/Fall 2012 titles you’re looking forward to getting your hands on?: Lots of them! I’ve been missing my high school history classes, and I noticed that this Spring we’ve published two books about Napoleon—Under the Shadow of Napoleon by Michael A. Bonura and Forging Napoleon’s Grande Armee by Michael J. Hughes. I think either of them would satisfy my craving. There’s been a few pieces in the paper about Critical Race Theory, and I’d love to know more, so the second edition of Critical Race Theory by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefanic would be really useful. This Fall, we’re publishing Making Women’s Histories, by Pamela S. Nadell and Kate Haulman, which I think would be a great general introduction for me to the impact of women’s and gender history. And, I’m also excited that the Monthly Review Press is publishing Lettuce Wars by Bruce Neuburger. I took a class last semester on food and culture, and we looked briefly at various labor and economic issues related to food, so I would love to learn more.
  • Favorite thing about NYC (or, favorite New York moment): Right now I am really loving the street culture of New York. When the weather is nice, everyone is out and there’s so much you can do just by walking around—lots of little surprise festivals, tons and tons of street food (although that can be hit or miss!), and some really beautiful parks, to name a few things. I’m looking forward to spending lots of time just wandering the city.
  • Is this your first summer in the city? If yes, what are you looking forward to the most? If no, any must-do recommendations?: This will be my first full summer in the city, although I was here last summer for a week. I’m really looking forward to going to some flea markets, which I missed out on last year. As far as recommendations go, I think my favorite thing to visit so far is probably the Met. If you do go to the Met, I’d advise you to spend as much time as you can and just wander around, trying to get lost, and find your favorite spot. My favorite is definitely the period rooms.
  • Favorite summer vacation: My week in NYC last year was pretty great! I also went to Istanbul for a week and a half at the end of last semester, which was amazing and could definitely give New York a run for its money.
  • Anything else interesting you’d like to share?: I’ve been studying in Abu Dhabi for the past two years, and next year I’ll be abroad in Florence and Buenos Aires before returning to Abu Dhabi for my senior year.