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Spring 2015 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, Journals Marketing, and Digital Initiatives. 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.

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 feature, assist with award nominations and our BATCHES program, 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.

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.

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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,, by December 5, 2014. For more information about the MIT Press, visit our website at: