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Summer 2014 Internship Positions Available

Description:
The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic summer 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 Marketing, Journals Marketing, Digital Initiatives, and Technology. 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.

Requirements:
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, mailing catalogs and other materials, 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: 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.

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.

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, mitp-interns@mit.edu, by April 11, 2014. For more information about the MIT Press, visit our website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu.