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Fall 2017 Internship Positions Available

The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic fall 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.

Part-time, paid internships are available in Books Acquisitions, Books Editorial, Books Marketing, Books Sales & Business Development, Books Publicity, and Digital Production Department (CogNet). Hours will be negotiated, but candidates should be able to commit to a minimum of 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 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 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 promotion. Daily tasks may include proofreading book catalogs, brochures, and other promotional materials for accuracy; ordering and sorting mailing lists; researching and building new mailing lists for use in future promotions; attending marketing department functions and meetings; reviewing marketing data and advising on buyer behavior; and assisting the books marketing staff on a variety of other projects. The Books Marketing intern 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 relationships with organizations outside the Press. Candidates should be familiar with MS Office and have strong proofreading, writing, communications, and internet research skills. Previous marketing experience and familiarity with Filemaker 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.

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.

Digital Production Department (CogNet): The intern will support MIT Press’s cognitive neuroscience portal, CogNet. Tasks will include: processing books for CogNet which involves running scripts in a Bash (Unix) shell to extract individual PDF chapters from book PDF; 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 on CogNet. Familiarity with Drupal is a plus, but not required.

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 email your cover letter and resume to by August 25, 2017. Please submit both documents as PDFs and please indicate in the subject line of the email the department(s) you are interested in applying to. Please note that failure to follow the submissions instructions may result in your application not being reviewed by the Internship Committee.

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