The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic interns in various departments, to start January 2022. 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.
Interns will be paid $15/hour. Hours will be negotiated, but candidates should be able to commit at least 10 hours per week unless otherwise noted. Interns typically start in January and continue through May; exact start and end dates are flexible depending on each intern’s schedule.
MIT Press internships may be remote; candidates must have U.S. work authorization but may be located anywhere in the U.S. For remote internships, MIT Press can ship you a laptop with the software you’ll need for the internship, for you to use for the duration of the internship. You’ll ship it back to us at the end of your internship. Let us know if you need help with WiFi access.
Applications must be submitted by December 2, 2021. Your application must include a resume and a cover letter. Please make sure to tell us why you’re enthusiastic about an internship at the MIT Press.
If you have any questions, please email email@example.com and include ‘MITP Spring 2022 Internship’ in the subject. Please do not submit applications via email.
General 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.
Internships are available in the departments listed below:
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. This internship will be 10 hours per week and will require some in-office work in our office in Cambridge, MA.
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 use at the MIT Press. This is an opportunity for college graduates or graduate students who know the basics of copyediting and proofreading to get practical experience in the field, so applicants who have copyediting experience (e.g., school newspaper, literary journal, tutoring at a writing center) and familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style are strongly preferred. The internship is up to 12 hours per week.
Books Publicity: Books Publicity interns will learn about promoting books to the media. Their primary responsibilities include scanning and distributing book reviews, maintaining and updating the Press’s review log, assisting with galley and finished book mailings, researching media for books, helping to create press materials such as pitch emails and press releases, monitoring and responding to emails in the Press’s general publicity inbox, and other general assistance. Office and/or publishing experience, as well as familiarity with FileMaker, Cision, and/or other database software, is a plus but not required. This internship will be 15 hours a week.
Communications: The Communications intern will work in the department of Marketing and Communications and will learn about promoting the mission and vision of the MIT Press. Primary responsibilities include conducting media research and list building; assisting with award nominations for MIT Press publications; supporting outreach efforts both within MIT and to the broader Kendall Square community; assisting with events; and other administrative tasks as assigned. This person should have some office experience and strong communication and writing skills. Familiarity with Google Drive, FileMaker, and Cision is a plus but not required. This internship will be 10 hours a week.
Design: The Design intern will work on book cover designs, from concept development through print-ready PDF files. Mentoring, guidance, and regular check-ins will be provided by the design department. Graphic design students and recent graduates, with a working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and Adobe Acrobat, are encouraged to apply. Please include samples of your work with your resume. Internship will be 10–20 hours per week.
Journals Production/Digital Products & Software Services: The Journals Production/Digital Products & Software Services intern will split their time between two departments, focusing on the print and electronic processes of academic journal production 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 a variety of special ongoing projects. This internship will be 10 hours per week.
Marketing: The Marketing intern will be working in multiple capacities throughout our marketing department, learning across areas including author communications, book campaigns, review outreach, audience research, and content marketing (planning, writing, and execution). Responsibilities may include building publication review lists for professional titles, outreach to grassroots organizations for book campaigns, communication with professional authors, brainstorming creative ideas for professional book campaigns, contributing to our marketing content calendar, writing and editing blog and email content, and more. The ideal candidate will be able to juggle multiple projects at once and should have some understanding of marketing concepts, strong communication and writing skills, and the ability to adapt to new systems quickly and with agility. The internship will be 10–20 hours per week.
Sales: The Sales intern will work in multiple sales capacities throughout our business development department, interfacing with the marketing and acquisitions groups, but primarily focusing on textbook sales. Examples of these efforts include: searching and identifying sales opportunities, providing customer support, and tracking closed business using the Salesforce CRM (customer relationship management software). Responsibilities include: using software to approve requests for digital examination copies, communicating with customers via email, and entering customer data into Salesforce. The MIT Press will be publishing new editions of our top-selling textbooks this spring, which makes this an exciting time for someone to join us and learn about the textbook sales cycle, support instructors’ needs, and help grow our customer base. The ideal candidate will be an efficient multi-tasker with strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to adapt to new systems quickly. The internship is 20 hours per week with possible room for more hours as needed.
How to apply:
All applications must be submitted through JotForm at the following link: https://form.jotform.com/213185832560152
For more information on other internships and current job openings, please see our careers website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/jobs
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