Fall 2014 Internship Positions Available
The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic Fall interns in various departments. These unpaid internships are a chance for people who love books and journals to learn about publishing and see how a busy university press functions. Successful interns will make valuable contacts and gain experience at one of the nation's largest university presses.
Internships are available in Books Acquisitions, Books Editorial, Books Marketing, Books Production, Books Publicity, Journals Marketing, and Digital Initiatives. These are unpaid, part-time internships from September through December. Hours will be negotiated, but candidates should be able to commit at least 10 hours per week.
The ideal intern candidates will have: a strong desire to learn about publishing, basic computer skills, excellent communication and organizational skills, the ability to work well individually and as a member of a group, an eye for detail, good judgment, a positive attitude, and a willingness to take initiative.
Books Acquisitions: The Books Acquisitions intern will work in the department responsible for contracting, receiving, and assessing both book proposals and manuscripts for potential publication. This intern will be responsible for tasks such as general manuscript preparation, placing orders with our warehouse, mailing catalogs and other materials, general data entry into our database, possible long term research projects, and a variety of other tasks. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about scholarly publishing in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.
Books Editorial: The Books Editorial internship will provide experience with a variety of editorial tasks, including checking revised page proofs, editing indexes, proofreading jacket copy, reviewing prepress proofs, and handling corrections for reprints. The intern will also learn about the editorial technology that we are now using at the MIT Press. College graduates and graduate students with editorial experience and familiarity with Chicago style are strongly preferred.
Books Production: the Books Production intern will be involved in learning the entire process of production and manufacturing by helping with daily Production tasks, such as checking and circulating proofs for reprint and print-on-demand titles, as well as sending materials to typesetters for castoffs and preparing pagination layouts for new titles. The intern will also assist the department with various other administrative and special projects as they arise during the season. In order to give a rounded knowledge of the department, the intern will shadow members of the department and, if time allows, attend a printing and manufacturing plant tour or Book Builders of Boston event(s).
Books Publicity: Books Publicity interns will learn about marketing and promoting books to the media. Their primary responsibilities include scanning and distributing book reviews, maintaining and updating the reviews database, assisting with galley and press release mailings, working with the MIT Press blog, researching journals and other media, inputting reviewer requests, and other general assistance. Office and/or publishing experience, as well as familiarity with Filemaker or other database software, is a plus, but not required.
Journals Marketing: The intern will perform market and social media research, craft releases for podcasts and news items, contribute to our ongoing From the Archive Friday feature, assist with award nominations and our BATCHES program, prepare promotional materials for conferences and events, manage routine updates to our website, and support the department with various projects as needed. Additionally, the intern may have opportunities to build special web pages for various journals and may also be assigned special research projects under the supervision of the Journals Director. The intern should be well versed in the Microsoft Office suite (particularly Excel) and have strong internet research skills, a strong analytical approach, and the ability to communicate professionally via email and in person.
Digital Initiatives: The intern will work with the group responsible for overseeing the production and distribution of files and metadata for ebook programs, maintaining the digital archive, and shaping the Press’s XML workflow infrastructure. Daily tasks include bookmarking PDFs, creating ePub files, and preparing metadata. Candidates should be computer literate with strong communication skills. Familiarity with HTML and Adobe Acrobat is strongly preferred.
For more information on other internships and current job openings, please see our careers website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/mitpress/jobs/
How to Apply for This Internship:
Please send us your resume and cover letter indicating the department(s) you are interested in applying to. Email application to: Internship Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, by August 15, 2014. For more information about the MIT Press, visit our website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu.