A Houghton Library publication, Harvard Review participates in the literary life of the university by offering student internships, hosting public readings and events, and connecting members of the Harvard community with the world of professional literary publishing. We invite you to:

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Here are just a few of our many former interns who have gone to interesting careers in the worlds of journalism, creative writing, publishing, and academia.

Mark Chiusano
Mark ChiusanoFormer Intern
“After I continued showing up unasked at Harvard Review’s Lamont Library doorstep, Christina and Laura were kind enough to let me hang around inside the office too. Everything I’ve learned about writing and the publishing industry started with them, from the basics of editing to how to write a rejection letter. My InDesign abilities have not improved but that’s no fault of theirs. After college I went to work as an editorial assistant at Knopf, later moving to Vintage as an assistant editor. Last year I published a collection of stories, Marine Park, one story of which Christina was kind enough to publish (and edit, and improve). Now I’m an editorial writer at amNY and Newsday. If you want to hear all about New York City politics and culture, from MTA trash policy to mayoral fun and games, check out @mjchiusano.”
Caitlin Ballotta
Caitlin BallottaFormer Intern
“A love of books and a desire to learn more about the publishing industry brought me to Harvard Review as an undergraduate. Serving first as an intern and then as an editorial assistant, I spent my days opening and sorting mail, logging submissions, typesetting copy for upcoming editions—and, last but not least, tackling what are fondly referred to as “special projects.” I’m now just across the street, working as Associate Producer and Lead Content Developer for the Poetry in America Project at Harvard. In this capacity, I help Professor Elisa New of the English Department to develop and administer online courses centered on American poetry. I’m excited to begin work on our team’s next project: Poetry in America for public television!”
Birgit Larsson
Birgit LarssonFormer Intern
“My senior year at Harvard I was panicking about what in the world I’d do with an English degree, and I wrote to Harvard Review in the middle of the night asking if I could intern. I was incredibly lucky that Christina took me on because it not only resulted in an interesting year learning about publishing but also a friendship I’ve really valued. After graduating, I spent two years at W. W. Norton and then took a career break to get a masters in English literature from the University of Edinburgh. I currently live in the UK, where I moved to pursue a creative writing fellowship at the University of East Anglia. I stayed on to do a Ph.D. in social science and followed that up with postdocs. I’m now an assistant professor at the University of East Anglia. I have a five-month-old son, two Siamese cats, an English husband, and a novel in (slow) progress.”
Alex Méndez
Alex MéndezFormer Intern
“My time at Harvard Review gave me an invaluable window into the life of a literary magazine. Sorting the mail was perhaps my favorite task, because I got to see the wide variety of submissions that the magazine received, often from faraway places. After graduating in 2013, I spent a year in Sevilla, Spain researching and writing a historical novel with a Henry Russell Shaw Traveling Fellowship. I am now in my third year of the Ph.D. program in Latin American and Iberian Cultures at Columbia University, where I study early modern narratives about the New World. I’m also a graduate fellow/editorial intern at Public Books, where I have been commissioning reviews of Spanish-language books and working to connect the review with Spanish-language academics, readers, and publishers.”


Harvard Review hosts an annual Salon Series featuring writers in conversation with editors. Recent salons have showcased the work of the best-selling novelist Lily King and well-known essayist and anthologist Phillip Lopate, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Geraldine Brooks.