I am living in NYC, and currently working on a second degree in English Literature at City College, headed towards an M.A. I am also minoring in Computer Programming to boost my online possibilities. I have a B.A. in Liberal Arts, but have had (predictably) little to no luck finding a job or internship with it. Luckily, state schools are very affordable, and I have had a second chance through them.
I am very intelligent, and have exceptional talents in writing and editing. Unfortunately, I spent most of my life in Florida, and was always a big fish in a small pond.
I need to start boosting my hands-on experience (and soon) to get internships. From what I’ve gathered, however, a pending B.A. in English Literature is not substantial enough to do so in NYC.
So, I need advice. Badly. What skills do employers look for in candidates for an editorial internship? What do they look for in candidates for entry-level editing jobs (both for journalism and publishing)? Does my resume even have a chance against the resumes submitted by students at NYU and Columbia?
I moved here recently, and have no contacts in any field to start with. Any advice would be very much appreciated.