Keith (“Max”) Enos ’12 spent his summer as an intern with an online literary journal based in the Czech Republic and headed by Wheaton alumna Carolyn Zukowski Harris ’91 (pictured at right). Zukowski and her family also run a Czech hostel called Krumlov House.
My internship: I worked in Cesky Krumlov, a beautiful city-town three hours south of Prague, interning for the journal The Literary Bohemian. My primary responsibility consisted of reading and voting on submissions. I designed the flier for The Literary Bohemian‘s student edition, wrote up the advertisement, visited over 600 English department web sites and collected the e-mail contact information for almost all 600 creative writing programs, wrote a book review for Jack Kerouac’s On The Road, and brought the hostel’s recycling down the cobblestone street every morning.
Personal journey: Every day while wandering the town, I found myself filling notebooks (three in all) with poetic notes and thoughts inspired by Cesky Krumlov. I filled an entire journal, wrote a short story inspired by the Czech landscape, and wrote a few poems.
The payoff: Working for the magazine was the best job I have had, and although it was an English-language journal, I did learn some basic Czech. I experienced what it is like to work for a literary journal. From conversations with the editor, Carolyn, I learned the ins and outs of an online literary magazine (creating a domain, developing the back end and front end of a web site, and so on). I also became a better reader and, in turn, a better writer. I learned to network (casually and for the magazine) in an environment where I did not know anyone prior to entering, and I grocery shopped and cooked for myself (about time).
Once in a lifetime: This internship gave me the opportunity to discover places I always dreamed of, but had never visited. Throughout my European excursion I matured profoundly, most notably in my ability to read critically.