Akashic Books is looking for unpaid, part-time interns to work in our dynamic Brooklyn office. Interns work 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for either two or three days each week (M-F).
Primary responsibilities include reading and evaluating manuscripts for potential publication; inputting copyedits and creating publicity materials using Adobe InDesign; maintaining press kits and publicity materials for new titles; conducting research to build our various databases; fulfilling all publicity mailings and Internet orders; writing original contact for our website, and managing social media accounts; and general office tasks.
We don’t have “departments” at Akashic, and the office environment affords our interns the opportunity to participate in a wide range of tasks that run the gamut from editorial to publicity — and everywhere in between. We do try to stress that the editorial side of the job comprises a minority of the work that anyone does in the office (full-time staff included), as we’re all mostly dealing with the nuts-and-bolts nitty-gritty details and administrative aspects of running a small business. We do work very closely with our authors (publishing is after all a collaborative process), and our interns often have the opportunity to meet with a number of them over the course of a season.
Length of Internship
Year-round by season (see below for application deadlines).
Basic requirements: solid writing and research skills; attention to detail; ability to juggle multiple projects under tight deadlines in a fast-paced and collaborative small office environment.
Application Due Date
Application deadlines are as follows: August 1, 2015, for our Fall 2015 season (September 1 to December 31, 2015); November 1, 2015, for our Winter/Spring 2016 season (January 1 to May 31, 2016); March 15, 2016, for the Summer 2016 season. PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERING APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER 2015 SEASON. Early submissions are encouraged.
Unpaid; we can make arrangements for course credit where possible.
How To Apply For This Internship
Please send a resume and brief cover letter outlining your interest in our internship program to [email protected]. IMPORTANT: when applying, please indicate which season you’d like to be considered for, and which specific weekdays you can commit to working from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For applicants outside of the NYC metro area, please indicate whether or not you have housing in place for the appropriate season. (Akashic is unable to help in this regard, and will prioritize applicants who have already made housing arrangements.)