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Hi,

I am unsure of what to do when a school asks for recent publications and articles.

I have no academic work that has been formally published, but I do have a lot of material from my internships and freelance work that has been published. They aren't particularly interesting—some are from a university magazine (interviews, sports, reviews, that sort of thing) and others are from a travel trade publication (writing about resorts and destinations). These are things I've written to help myself financially more than anything that has to do with passion. Should I list these things if that's all I have? And if I do, will the admissions committee be likely to look down upon such non-academic work? I don't want to be judged as an unsophisticated writer, especially since I'm applying for English PhD programs. I do have research papers and a thesis if that helps (but again, nothing published).

AND/OR should these go in my CV?

Thanks!

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Hi,

I am unsure of what to do when a school asks for recent publications and articles.

I have no academic work that has been formally published, but I do have a lot of material from my internships and freelance work that has been published. They aren't particularly interesting—some are from a university magazine (interviews, sports, reviews, that sort of thing) and others are from a travel trade publication (writing about resorts and destinations). These are things I've written to help myself financially more than anything that has to do with passion. Should I list these things if that's all I have? And if I do, will the admissions committee be likely to look down upon such non-academic work? I don't want to be judged as an unsophisticated writer, especially since I'm applying for English PhD programs. I do have research papers and a thesis if that helps (but again, nothing published).

AND/OR should these go in my CV?

Thanks!

That stuff doesn't qualify as "recent publications", unfortunately. They're really just looking for academic publications. Sorry! Don't list this stuff on your CV, unless you're including those internships on your CV (which you might if they were relevant to your academic focus - doesn't sound like they are though).

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That stuff doesn't qualify as "recent publications", unfortunately. They're really just looking for academic publications. Sorry! Don't list this stuff on your CV, unless you're including those internships on your CV (which you might if they were relevant to your academic focus - doesn't sound like they are though).

Thanks for your reply eucalyptus!

Is it really inappropriate to list my internships? They have nothing to do with my academic research interests, but since they are all editorial or writing related I thought they'd attest to something (like my versatility or initiative as a writer). I would like to pursue a career in print as well. I also took English courses to receive academic credit for them (they are called "Community Internships in English" and require a research paper). Does that sound like it would be okay in that case?

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Thanks for your reply eucalyptus!

Is it really inappropriate to list my internships? They have nothing to do with my academic research interests, but since they are all editorial or writing related I thought they'd attest to something (like my versatility or initiative as a writer). I would like to pursue a career in print as well. I also took English courses to receive academic credit for them (they are called "Community Internships in English" and require a research paper). Does that sound like it would be okay in that case?

You know, I think you're definitely better off getting an answer from someone in English on this! I don't actually know anything about English PhD programs - I would have assumed that only academic/literature-ish stuff would be considered relevant, but I can see how other writing/editorial stuff would be too (the title "community internships in English" really works on me!)... I think it depends on your focus within English, and also the focus of the program (do they want to churn out only academics or are they cool with people going into other fields?). Anyway, like I said, I don't really know anything about your field so hopefully someone else will chime in!

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