Spring 2019 Internship Positions Available


The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic spring interns in various departments. These paid 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 Advertising and Digital Marketing, Books Acquisitions, Books Editorial, Books Production, Books Publicity, and Books Sales & Business Development. These are paid, part-time internships from January through June. Hours will be negotiated, but candidates should be able to commit at least 10 hours per week, unless otherwise noted.


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.

Advertising & Digital Marketing: The Advertising and Digital Marketing Intern will be learning about Advertising and Digital Marketing research, planning, execution and analysis as well as administrative tasks. This person will be responsible for: assisting with media research and maintaining media planning tools, maintaining the marketing calendar, executing social media ads, drafting creative briefs for ads, drafting emails in Mailchimp, pulling and analyzing metrics for all campaigns, maintaining all-books records (ad plan, keywords, similar books), and assisting with billing/accounting records. This person should have some experience in marketing concepts, a strong analytical background with experience using excel/google sheets, strong communication and writing skills, and the ability to communicate professionally via email and in person. The internship is up to 20 hours per week.

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, general data entry into our database, possible long term projects which might include researching permissions or looking into grant funding opportunities, and a variety of other tasks. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about scholarly publishing in a collaborative environment.

Books Editorial: The Books Editorial internship will provide experience with a variety of editorial tasks, including checking 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 copy editing experience and familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style are strongly preferred. The internship is up to 10 hours per week.

Books Production: The Books Production intern will learn the process of book production and manufacturing by helping with daily production tasks. The intern will gain exposure to tasks related to both frontlist and backlist workflows. Weekly work will include preparing book launch folders, sending castoff materials to compositors and entering information into our title database, preparing final paginations for printers, assisting with reprint corrections, placing reprint orders, assisting with general archive file maintenance, and bookmarking PDFs for ebook upload as well as helping with departmental special projects that come up during the semester. In order to give a rounded knowledge of the department, interns are invited to shadow members of the department and, if timing allows, attend a printing and manufacturing plant tour or Bookbuilders 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.

Books Sales & Business Development: The Books Sales intern will primarily support the in-house sales department, as well as regularly assisting the business development department. Daily tasks vary, but may include: investigating market channels for lead titles; thinking creatively about local and national sales and marketing opportunities; tracking title availability on Amazon and other major accounts; preparing and distributing promotional materials; assisting the Exhibits Manager with conference mailings; researching international bookstores and faculty to expand global outreach; registering copyright of MIT Press works with the Library of Congress; and organizing information on translated editions of MIT Press content. The Books Sales Intern will also be given the opportunity to attend department meetings, launch meetings at which acquisitions and other key personnel discuss details of future titles, and our biannual Sales Conference, during which acquisitions editors present the entire list to our international sales force.

The MIT Press welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who have significant personal experience or engagement with low-income communities or communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are strongly encouraged to apply.

MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.

How to Apply for This Internship:

Please submit all applications here. If you have any questions, please email and include ‘MITP Spring Internship’ in the subject. Please do not submit applications via email.

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