Fall 2018 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.
Internships are available in Books Acquisitions, Books Editorial, Institutional Marketing, Professional Books & Journals Marketing, Marketing Design, and Knowledge Futures Group. These are paid, part-time internships from September through December. 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.
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.
Institutional Marketing: The intern will assist in marketing MIT Press journals and digital products to librarians, scholars, and students through creative promotions, market research, and departmental support. Tasks include crafting releases for podcasts and news items, contributing to our ongoing From the Archive Friday and Spotlight on Science features, preparing promotional materials for conferences and events, managing routine updates to our website, assisting with open access week and holiday promotions, and taking point on various projects as needed. The intern should be well versed in social media platforms (especially Instagram, Medium, and LinkedIn) and the Microsoft Office suite. The candidate should also have excellent internet research skills, a strong analytical approach, and the ability to communicate professionally via email and in person. This internship is up to 15 hours per week.
Professional Books and Journals Marketing: This marketing intern will have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of professional books and journals promotion. Daily tasks may include proofreading book catalogs, brochures, and other promotional materials for accuracy; editing book jacket copy; ordering and sorting mailing lists; conducting ongoing marketing research; reviewing marketing analytics and advising on buyer behavior; creating and executing social ads on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other digital marketing channels; editing and optimizing digital ads, reporting on performance of digital ads; assisting with seasonal planning; attending marketing department functions and meetings; and assisting the books marketing staff on a variety of other projects. 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.
Marketing Design: This intern will be responsible for assisting with the design of marketing materials to promote MIT Press books, journals, and other press initiatives. This individual will be designing marketing materials for both print and digital channels with guidance from the Advertising and Digital Marketing Manager and Senior Graphic Designers. Candidates should have basic experience using Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and InDesign. They should also have strong communication skills, time management skills, attention to detail, and professionalism.
Knowledge Futures Group: Our fall intern will work closely with the KFG team to help test and launch the next iteration of the PubPub platform. The role will involve testing features before roll-out, clearly communicating feedback to the dev team, and helping finalize fall book and journals projects on PubPub. Candidates should have an open mind and a willingness to give serious thought to the development process. Some copyediting experience and a passion for web design, Photoshop, data visualizations and/or video production a plus but not required. The KFG serves as a test kitchen, incubator, and a staging platform for the development and launch of open source publishing technologies and aligned open access publications. PubPub, an open authoring and publishing platform initially developed as a Media Lab project, socializes the process of knowledge creation and verification by integrating conversation, annotation, and versioning into short and long-form digital publication. The internship will require a commitment of 10 hours per week. In your cover letter please let us know about yourself and your interest in working on PubPub as a member of the KFG.
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.
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