Roaring success in NYC Internship helps OC student prepare for publishing career

The legacy of OC’s late alumni director Mike McDonald continues in many ways.

The annual Mike McDonald Fun Run raises funds for OC scholarships, helping make Christian education more affordable for many students.

He also was instrumental in launching the Roaring Lambs Fellowship at Oklahoma Christian. This scholarship is available to one student each year who has completed a summer internship at a national publishing or editing company.

Jill (Ramsey 07) Businelle was selected as the 2007-08 Roaring Lambs Fellow after completing her internship at Real Simple magazine in New York City in fall 2006.

This year’s recipient, Bailey Thomas, completed a New York City publishing internship this summer.

Bailey, daughter of OC alumni Mark and Debbie Thomas of Edmond, scored the three-month internship with DailyLit, an up-and-coming digital publishing house located in Mamaroneck, N.Y.

Bailey will tell you it was worth every minute on the commuter train, every lunch with top publishing executives and everything she learned about the developing world of digital publishing.

“I talked with Dr. Scott LaMascus, my adviser, about how to get the most out of my degree and to have the best opportunity for employment after graduation, especially in this economy when the communications industries are taking such a hit,” she said.

Bailey applied to 30 companies seeking internships including large publishers, independent publishers and literary agencies.

She closed the 1,500-mile gap between herself in Oklahoma and DailyLit’s office in New York with phone interviews.

Her efforts paid off. She was invited to complete a three-month internship at the company that has been featured in Newsweek, the Wall Street Journal, Wired magazine, DailyCandy and the New York Times.

“I remember the first time I brought up the idea to my parents of moving to New York by myself for the summer, and being really worried that they would think I was nuts. But they were behind me the entire way, and I’m incredibly grateful,” she said.

LaMascus said that internships are even more competitive in the current economy than normal.

“Even in this environment, Bailey’s experience shows that OC juniors and seniors will find success in this area if they are willing to plan ahead, use initiative to apply, work with an OC mentor, and ‘go wherever the work is’ to build their entry-level experience base,” he said.

By Dawn Shelton (90)