Summer 2019 Internship Positions Available
The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic summer 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, Advertising & Digital Marketing, Professional Books & Journals Marketing, Books Sales & Business Development, Marketing Design, Books Production, Journals Production, and Knowledge Futures Group. These are paid, part-time internships from May or June through August. 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 and 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 book database 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 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.
Knowledge Futures Group: Our summer intern will work closely with the KFG team to help onboard, proof, and launch new open access content on the PubPub platform. The role will involve working with authors and editors, communicating feedback to the dev team, and sharing news about new content through our newsletter and social platforms. Candidates should be interested in experimenting with new publishing practices and feel comfortable communicating regularly with authors and developers. Some copyediting experience and a passion for web design 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 10-15 hours per week. In your cover letter please let us know about yourself and your interest in the role and field.
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.
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.
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).
Journals Production: The Journals Production intern will learn the process of academic journal production in print and electronic formats. Across a variety of disciplines, the intern will prepare manuscripts for copyediting and composition, work with editors, freelancers, and vendors; review pages; and assemble journal components for printing and online publishing. Digital publishing and Open Access are a particular highlight of the journals program and the intern will have the opportunity to learn all facets of production. The intern will also be involved in special ongoing projects.
For more information on other internships and current job openings, please see our careers website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/jobs
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.