Spring 2014 Internship Positions Available
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 Editorial, Books Marketing, Books Publicity, Books Sales, Books Production, Journals Marketing, Digital Initiatives, and Technology. 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 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 book promotions. Interns will primarily be involved in: helping manage the website and email campaigns, gathering mailing lists, data entry, building mailing lists for text promotions, and assisting the marketing staff on a variety of other projects. Candidates should be computer literate, have strong internet research skills, and good communication skills. Familiarity with internet protocols, html, FTP clients, and Photoshop is desirable, but not required.
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 with sales conference preparations and special sales research. Daily tasks vary, but may include: researching market channels for lead titles; creating mailing databases for special sales outreach; tracking title availability on Amazon and other major accounts; preparing international promotional materials; helping with our seasonal sales conference, which will include compiling sales information for sales representatives and editing sales sheets. The Books Sales Intern will also be given the opportunity to attend department meetings, launch meetings, and sales conference.
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. 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, 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).
Journals Marketing: The intern will perform market and social media research, craft releases for podcasts and news items, propose articles for our ongoing From the Archive Friday feature, prepare promotional materials for conferences and events, manage routine updates to our website, assist with award nominations, 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.
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.
Technical Writing: The Technology Department intern will write technical documentation, wiki pages, and other supporting material for users of a broad range of publishing systems and tools. The intern will interview programmers and users, draft documentation, review it with subject matter experts, and publish the final documentation using Microsoft Word and wiki templates. This is an excellent technical writing internship for an upper-class or graduate student who would like broad exposure to different technologies and would welcome working in a collegial and creative environment.
For more information on other internships and current job openings, please see our careers website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/mitpress/jobs/
How to Apply for This Internship:
Please send us your resume and cover letter indicating the department(s) you are interested in applying to. Email application to: Internship Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org, by December 13, 2013. For more information about the MIT Press, visit our website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu.