Thanks for all of your great questions last month! I'm so excited to kick off the first Ask Alex with something that seems to be on a lot of people's minds now that spring is here and summer is on the horizon: internships. Let me start off by speaking about internships generally. The first and most important thing I have to stress is: they are by NO means required to work in publishing. How many publishing internships did I have before I started? Zip. Zero. Nada. Some of my friends in the industry had two, even three internships, but an even larger number never had the opportunity to sit in a barren intern cube, filling out excel spreadsheets and reading submissions.