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Erika Riley '19

Stony Brook, New York

Major in Creative Writing, Minor in Journalism

The Knox Student's own editor-in-chief Erika Riley landed (another) publishing internship in NYC.

Erika abroad in Morocco

Erika Riley '19, who already has experience in both news and magazine publishing, took on an internship creating content for StreetEasy, New York City's premier real estate website. 

Describe your daily life as an intern this summer.

As an intern at StreetEasy, I have two weekly posts that I am responsible for writing every week: the Deal of the Week and the Holy Grail. The first is just featuring an apartment that's relatively affordable, and the second is a roundup of apartments that fit a specific theme, like "10 apartments with outdoor space and laundry." Besides those two, I write one or two other blog posts a week, including celebrity real estate posts, fun New York-related content, or tips for student housing. I also attend meetings with the other members of the marketing team to review the blog's performance every week and to pitch new ideas.

How did you find this opportunity?

I started looking for summer internships in the winter and had a few different searches saved on websites like Indeed,, and LinkedIn. I was looking for pretty much anything involved with writing or journalism. I saw the StreetEasy listing for an editorial intern on LinkedIn and was immediately interested because I was familiar with the site. They're the number one real estate site in New York, and you can't really go outside in the city without seeing their ads, so I knew who they were. I worked at an interior design magazine last summer, so I figured some of those skills might be transferable to real estate, and went ahead and applied.

What's the most important thing you've learned at Knox outside the classroom?

I think the most important thing I've learned is to do things I'm afraid of and get outside my comfort zone. This winter, I traveled to D.C. to attend the Women's March and cover it for The Knox Student (TKS), and had to work through a lot of nervousness and uncertainty for the sake of the paper, and ended up having such a great experience. I've constantly been inspired by my editors at TKS, who go above and beyond at their jobs at TKS or at internships across the country. Hearing about one of my editor's experiences abroad inspired me to apply to a journalism program in Morocco for next spring. It makes me more nervous than staying in Galesburg all year would be, but at Knox I've learned I have to push myself to grow.

What surprised you about Knox?

How much is going on on this campus. Because it is small, I think we're more aware of what's going on, since it's possible to have friends from all corners of campus. I'm always really inspired by how hard Knox students work and how much passion they have, and they always make me want to do more.

What activities do you participate in on campus and how have they influenced your experience?

I'm currently the editor-in-chief of The Knox Student, which has helped me grow the most out of anything I've done at Knox. Working tirelessly with such great people who all care deeply about journalism and Knox has been a hugely rewarding experience. Even when things are stressful, I love my job and have learned so much about journalism from it. The people on Quiz Bowl quickly became some of my best friends, and some of my fondest memories from Knox are driving all over the Midwest for tournaments with them in the way-too-early morning. Both groups have become like families to me, and I can't imagine life at Knox without them.

Erika Riley '19 is the editor-in-chief of The Knox Student and a member of Knox's Quiz Bowl team. She used her Mellon fellowship to intern at the magazine New York Spaces in summer 2017 and studied journalism in Morocco during spring 2018. Her fiction has appeared in both Quiver and Cellar Door

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Printed on Saturday, August 24, 2019