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Spring 2016 Internship Positions Available

Please note that the availability of internship positions within a given department 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


The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic spring 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 Sales, Books Publicity, Books Production, Journals Marketing, and Digital Initiatives. These are unpaid, part-time internships from May through August. 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 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.

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 Production (Print on Demand): Print on Demand is a term used for titles that are printed digitally, can be ordered one at a time, and are sent directly from the printer to the end customer. The Book Production POD Intern will focus on preparing select backlist titles for entry into the MIT Press POD program. This will include helping the Production Coordinator track multiple batches of books that are being entered into different programs, marking text and cover corrections, arranging text and cover scanning, checking proofs, calculating costs, and working with multiple vendors. The intern will gain a sense of the overall book production and manufacturing process and an expertise in POD programs. The successful candidate should be interested in learning about book production and manufacturing and have careful attention to detail. There will be a lot of organization using excel spreadsheets in addition to using Adobe Acrobat, Filemaker Pro, and FTP software.

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.

Digital Initiatives (Cognet): The intern will support MIT Press’s cognitive neuroscience portal, CogNet. Tasks will include: retrieving files from MIT Press’ FTP site; uploading journal articles in Drupal on CogNet; performing quality assurance checks of author affiliation information, fixing incorrect information, and adding any missing author information. Also, the intern will process books for CogNet which includes: running scripts in a Bash (Unix) shell to extract individual PDF chapters from a 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.

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 and Spotlight on Science features, 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.

How to Apply for These Internships:

Please send us your resume and cover letter indicating the department(s) you are interested in applying to. Email application to:  Internship Coordinator,, by December 18, 2015. For more information about the MIT Press, visit our website at

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