Intern Profile: Frances Mahoney-Mosedale ’16
June 23, 2014
Frances Mahoney-Mosedale ’16
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Can you tell us what you’re doing this summer? What are your basic duties as an intern?
This summer I am interning at the Loft Literary Center in my hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota. I am working closely with the programs team on putting together events for the local literary community, particularly the organization’s mentor series. The mentor series offers the opportunity for 12 emerging Minnesotan authors to work with 6 nationally acclaimed authors in their continuing effort to create meaningful fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. I am currently compiling information about this year’s mentors—unpublished work, reviews, essays published in literary magazines, etc.—to be accessible online via Moodle to the writers they will be helping. I will also be writing reviews of their books for Writers’ Block, their blog.
Last week, the programs team put on an event for Northern Spark, an arts festival in the Twin Cities. The theme for the night was 1978, the year that the first installation of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was released. We had an interactive exhibit that encouraged creative thought and brief writing exercises, as well as an open mic.
How has Lewis & Clark supported you in the process of finding, securing, and funding your internship?
I am an English major at Lewis & Clark, and I have nothing but great things to say about the English department. My studies at Lewis & Clark only furthered my interest in literature and motivated me to find ways to work in a field that I hope will be relevant to my career. I knew this internship was unpaid, but I also knew it would provide me with valuable skills and experience necessary to help me succeed. Without the help of the Stephanie Fowler and Irving Levin Summer Internship Award, it would have been impossible for me to spend my time at the Loft.
How do you see this internship leading to a career in your chosen field and aiding in your overall career development?
At the Loft, I am surrounded by people who are all dedicated to providing an outlet and resource for emerging talent in the community. I know that I eventually want to work in the field of literature—a field that is unfortunately shrinking. I believe that the Loft does extremely crucial work in supporting up-and-coming as well as existing authors in the creation of new and brilliant writing.
The Stephanie Fowler and Irving Levin Summer Internship Award was established by Stephanie Fowler M.A. ’97 and Irving Levin, generous donors committed to ensuring that Lewis & Clark students are able to have meaningful and enriching summer internship experiences.