Meet the Volunteers: Sara Brink

At NY Creative Interns, we love our volunteers. These individuals are the ones who track down the internships, write the articles, and help make every event a success. We’ll be introducing you to a new member of the team each Friday to help you get to know them.

Sara Brink hails from the small town of Colwyn, Pennsylvania, located right outside Philadelphia. She fell in love with reading and writing at a very young age and “wrote” her first book, an illustrated guide to the alphabet, at age six. Ever since, she’s been determined to apply her love of words into her day-to-day life. She graduated from Hofstra University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s in Publishing, and a minor in Fine Arts. She’s currently searching for a full-time job, but hopes to find work (soon) within the book publishing industry.

In the meantime, Sara has plenty of side projects to keep her busy. As a dedicated member of the team at The World Needs More Love Letters, an organization that brings handwritten letters to individuals who need them most, she sorts letter requests and helps oversee campus chapters of the organization at schools across the nation. She also runs a virtual book club called Close Reads Cafe, and writes over at her blog Letters From A (Someday) Editor.

What made you want to volunteer for NY Creative Interns?
I was lucky enough to meet NY Creative Interns founder Emily Miethner while attending Hofstra University and started following her endeavors with NY Creative Interns not long after they started. I loved that the mission of her community was to bring inspiration to those wanting to follow creative passions, and that it offered so many great opportunities to network and bring people together. When I heard that they were looking for a Managing Editor to help with their blog, I knew I had to apply for it.

If you could hear anyone speak at a future NY Creative Interns event, who would it be?
Since I’m imagining the words “dead or alive” included in the question listed above, I’ll say Maxwell Perkins. As someone who geeks out over editing and storytelling, I think it would be amazing to pick the brain of the man who discovered and edited the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, two of my favorite writers.

How many internships have you had, and where?
I’ve had two internships within the publishing industry; I was an editorial intern at Simon & Schuster last fall, and am currently a publicity intern at The Overlook Press.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Never be afraid to ask (too many) questions. I have a shy side to me, and I used to get nervous that asking too many simple questions would make me seem incompetent; worrying over that gets really tiring after a while. I’ve come to realize that everything in life is a learning experience, and, especially in internships or new jobs, asking questions only makes you more knowledgable and better prepared for the future. So, like your teachers probably told you in elementary school, “no question is a stupid question.”

It’s 3pm on a Tuesday afternoon. What are you doing?
You’d probably find me stuffing envelopes and sorting mailings in the publicity department at Overlook Press.

Sara loves to talk publishing, books, and country music. Feel free to contact her through email at smbrink16 [at] gmail [dot] com, or connect with her through LinkedIn or Twitter. You can also leave questions for her in the comments below.

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