Position: Operations & Growth Intern
Position type: Internship
Time commitment: 12 hours per week
Check with your Internship Coordinator BEFORE accepting to determine how you might do this internship for credit.
About the Refuge Press
The Refuge Press is an independent imprint founded in 2020 with an emphasis on humanitarian and social justice issues. It publishes at least four books, and an equal number of art catalogues, per year. Our books focus on humanitarian solutions as well as personal and professional reflections on global crises.
About the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
The Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs (IIHA) prepares current and future aid workers with the knowledge and skills needed to respond effectively in times of humanitarian crisis and disaster. Its courses are borne of an interdisciplinary curriculum that combines academic theory with the practical experience of seasoned humanitarian professionals. The IIHA also publishes on a wide range of humanitarian topics and regularly hosts a number of events in the New York area, including the annual Humanitarian Blockchain Summit and Design for Humanity Summit.
The Refuge Press is looking for an editorial assistant to work directly with the Managing Editor on current and incoming manuscripts. This remote position will require a candidate to collaborate with the Refuge Press team and engage in a weekly team call. Outside of regular team meetings, interns will largely create their own schedules while maintaining regular check-ins with the Managing Editor. A strong candidate must therefore be able to succeed working independently and meeting tight deadlines. As an active member of a young publishing house, all interns will play a key role in providing creative insights to shape the direction and growth of the Refuge Press. Interns are also encouraged to take advantage of the IIHA’s educational resources, such as the humanitarian webinar series and other online events.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
– Reviewing and assessing incoming manuscript submissions.
– Assisting the Managing Editor with editing, copy editing, and proofing of manuscripts.
– Drafting and editing communications pieces.
– Assisting with the organization and planning of book launch events for a wide international audience.
– Undergraduate student with experience or an academic concentration in English, Journalism, Humanitarian Studies, International Relations, Environmental Studies, or other related fields.
– Strong writing and editing skills, with high attention to detail.
– Strong written and verbal communication skills.
– A general interest in and basic understanding of current humanitarian affairs.
– Should be flexible and able to adapt to a shifting work dynamic.
– Ability to multitask and complete projects ahead of or by deadlines.
– Ability to work independently with a high level of professionalism.