Spring 2017 Internship Positions Available
Please note that the availability of internship positions within a given department at The MIT Press varies by semester. To inquire about internship opportunities in departments not listed below, or if you have a general question not addressed on this page, please email the internship committee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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, Books Sales, and Digital Products. These are unpaid, part-time internships from January through May. 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, 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 Marketing: The Books Marketing Intern will have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of book promotions. Interns will primarily be involved in: proofreading catalogs and other promotional materials, helping to manage the website, ordering and sorting mailing lists, researching and building new mailing lists for individual book promotions, and assisting the books marketing staff on a variety of other projects. Interns will also have the opportunity to become involved in the department’s grassroots initiative, which seeks to identify new audiences of readers and build lasting partnerships with organizations outside of the Press. Candidates should be familiar with MS Office, have strong internet research skills, and good writing/communication skills. Familiarity with Filemaker and Drupal a plus, but not required.
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 assisting with the weekly budgeting of reprints, evaluating print platforms for reprint transfers, and examining proofs and scanning copies. There may also be an opportunity for aiding the senior production coordinator with the Print on Demand loading process. In addition to these backlist projects, interns will also be involved with the production department’s frontlist duties by sending materials to typesetters, corresponding with printers to save press time for our work, and preparing paginations. 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 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.
Books Sales: The Books Sales intern will primarily support the in-house sales department. Daily tasks vary, but may include: investigating market channels for lead titles; thinking creatively about special sales and marketing opportunities locally; researching businesses and creating mailing databases for special sales outreach nationally; tracking title availability on Amazon and other major accounts; preparing and distributing promotional materials; researching international bookstores and faculty to expand outreach. 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.
Digital Production Department (CogNet): The MIT Press seeks an enthusiastic Fall intern to work on its cognitive neuroscience portal, CogNet. This unpaid internship is a chance for someone to learn about publishing and see how a busy university press functions. The CogNet intern has the opportunity to provide recommendations for workflow changes, participate in department and office meetings, research and test new software, and learn about the inner workings of the Press. Candidates should be familiar with HTML. Experience with Drupal, Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Acrobat and Photoshop, is preferred. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: running scripts in a Bash (Unix) shell to extract individual PDF chapters from book PDFs; creating custom CogNet branded covers in Adobe Photoshop; appending covers and copyright pages, as well as adding metadata to individual PDF chapters in Adobe Acrobat; processing and loading chapter and cover files, as well as entering metadata in Drupal; performing quality assurance checks of book landing pages. This part-time internship will run from October through December. Hours will be negotiated, but candidates should be able to commit at least 10 hours per week. Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to: Scott Delugan, email@example.com, and indicate interest in the CogNet internship. For more information about CogNet, visit its website at cognet.mit.edu.
How to Apply for This Internship:
Please send us your resume and cover letter indicating the department(s) you are interested in applying to. Unless otherwise indicated, email application to: Internship Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.