Name: Lauren Donald
Company: Auckland University Press
Since starting your internship… I’ve sustained three paper cuts, become best friends with our local courier and found myself interested in all sorts of new topics.
What has been a highlight so far? AUP’s mahi around the Kotahi Rau Pukapuka titles and weekly te reo lessons have really helped build my confidence in using Māori every day. It’s definitely a highlight to be more at ease with the language and to be genuinely excited about learning more.
What has been a challenge? There’s no avoiding Excel. I’ve come to terms with the fact that it’s about time I learned what a pivot table is.
How have you found “real world” publishing different from the expectations you had while on your course? ‘Real world’ publishing is the more complex older sibling to the work we did at Whitireia. I’ve been really interested to see how far into the future the team is working, and how many different books are on the go at once. There are so many overlaps in timelines and projects that it really makes you appreciate the people who are holding on to all the strings!
What are you reading at the moment? I’ve just finished Where We Swim by Ingrid Horrocks, and now I’m picking up Circe by Madeline Miller.