The English Department would like to recognize the incredible work the interns from the INTD 3990 interdisciplinary course have been doing this semester.
The multidisciplinary course (INTD 3990) is a free elective that is available for UPRM students of all majors. In this course, you have the opportunity to work creatively in select topics such as website creation, special project development, and magazine publication.
Sábanas Bilingual Literary Magazine is soon releasing its ninth volume. The Spring 2022 interns had the opportunity to learn about the publication process by shadowing the Sábanas team members and taking editorial and social media workshops. In these workshops, they are taught skills such as reading comprehension, file organization, manuscript correction, and graphic design. They are also putting these skills to the test by completing essential tasks for the upcoming volume.
In the English Department website, the Spring 2022 interns are not only contributing to sections like the Reading Corner, but also innovating the website with forthcoming “How To” tutorials and a curricular sequence handbook. They are thinking outside of the box and thinking of new ways we can use virtual spaces to benefit the UPR campus.
Melanie Ramírez Rivera is a fourth year student completing a degree in English Literature with the Film Certificate.
“I have always liked the creative aspect of this department, which is why I decided to enroll in the Sábanas internship. As it would provide me with knowledge of the steps of publishing a magazine. I believe that one of the main things that working with Sábanas has taught me, is to be more liberal in terms of reviewing short stories and poetry. This has helped me to be more flexible when I read other people’s work. I hope I can keep on learning from this internship so I can apply said knowledge in my creative works.”
Gabriela L. Pérez Vázquez is a fourth year student completing a degree in Linguistics.
“Even though I took the Linguistics track, I have always had an interest in reading and writing. To satisfy these passions, I decided to enroll for the Sábanas internship. Being part of the Sábanas team has helped me understand the creative, and yet rigorous process of creating and publishing a magazine from scratch. While it can be challenging at times, it has definitely sparked a newfound interest in me. Who knows? Maybe I’ll work as an editor in the future!”
Andrea Rodríguez Santiago is completing a degree in English Literature with a minor in Writing and Communications.
“I spent three years as a part of the HerCampus writing team, now I am an intern at Sabanas. My interest always stay in the realm of the arts, with writing, painting and collaging taking center stage.
Working with Sabanas has provided not only a new perspective of editing and the creative process for me, but served as a source of growth for my abilities. Seeing everyone’s dedication to the magazine and the writers has been incredibly inspiring to say the least.”
Carhianie J. Vargas is an undergraduate student completing a bachelor’s degree in English Literature at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez (UPRM). She is an intern for the English Department’s website as well as Sábanas Bilingual Literary Magazine. In addition to her internships, she is working on an assistantship as a member of the needs assessment team, a transcriber, and a translator for UPRM’s Oral History Lab Project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“We’ve all got something to say: a story to tell, an experience to share, an idea to explore, or a feeling to uncover. As an intern at Sábanas Bilingual Magazine, I’m given the opportunity to not only explore the rigorous world of publishing and further develop a set of skills through a hands-on approach, but to be a part of an amazing team of individuals who’ve contributed to creating a space that encourages people to voice their realities and gives them a chance to hear and be heard—or should I say, to read and be read. I’ve always been a firm believer in the power of storytelling regardless of its medium and, for this reason, I’m looking forward to continuing this journey alongside the Sábanas team to bring more voices and stories to life through print.”
Moises Robles is an undergraduate Computer Engineer student in the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez. He is currently working with the English Department’s website team and participating in an investigation with the Computer Science and Engineering Department concerning parallel database systems.
“This internship helped me a lot with researching and organization, especially in creating important documents. The best part is working with the team and finding new ideas for the website.”