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Internships

Publicity Internship

Akashic Books is looking for an unpaid, part-time publicity/marketing intern to work in our dynamic Brooklyn office. Interns work 10:30am to 5:30pm a minimum of three days a week, M-F.

Interns will work closely with the in-house publicist to execute publicity and marketing plans for current and forthcoming releases. Ideal candidates should be familiar with various social media platforms (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Goodreads). Interns will be expected to perform research to update database contacts; follow up on select pitches to media; draw up social media campaigns optimized for multiple platforms (Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook); write pitch letters; conduct media outreach in advance of author events; generate publicity materials (flyers, posters) for events; maintain press kits and publicity materials for new titles; write original content for our website; and assist the in-house publicist with other day-to-day tasks. They will also be expected to collaborate with the editorial interns and execute daily mailings.

Length of Internship

This is a six-month internship (January-June, July–December) with a 3-week probationary period, during which Akashic reserves the right to terminate the internship if necessary.

Requirements

Excellent communication skills; strong attention to detail; ability to multitask and juggle multiple projects; strong research skills; familiarity with social media platforms. Previous experience with book publicity and marketing is appreciated, but not required. Ideal candidates should have an interest in a wide range of literary genres, as they will be expected to promote literary fiction, mystery/noir, nonfiction, pop culture, and children’s titles.

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Application Due Date

Applications for the fall season (July 5 – December 31, 2016) are no longer being accepted. Applications for the spring season (January – July, 2017) are due November 1, 2016.

Payment

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]. Please include on your resume any appropriate social media accounts that can be taken into consideration (i.e., usernames for Twitter, Tumblr, etc.).

IMPORTANT: when applying, please indicate which specific weekdays you can commit to working from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (minimum 3 days per week).

Unfortunately, Akashic is unable to provide any assistance regarding housing. Interested applicants should have housing secured for the duration of the internship.


Editorial Internship

Akashic Books is looking for unpaid, part-time editorial and publicity/marketing 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). Ideal candidates are self-starters who can work independently and collaboratively; have excellent writing, research, and communication skills; are creative thinkers; and have a strong interest in contemporary literature.

We don’t have formal “departments” at Akashic, so our interns have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of tasks—ranging from editorial to publicity/marketing to production (and everywhere in between)—over the course of a season. Given the nature of independent publishing, a significant portion of the internship is spent dealing with the nuts-and-bolts nitty-gritty details and administrative aspects of running a small business. For example, all interns are expected to prepare and fulfill mailings each day they are in the office. That said, we do try to tailor the internship as best we can to our interns’ strengths and interests:

EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP: Primary editorial intern responsibilities include reading and evaluating manuscripts for potential publication; inputting copyedits using Adobe InDesign; conducting research to build our various databases; fulfilling all mailings and Internet orders; writing original content for our website; e-book/production work as needed; and general office tasks. Note that the editorial intern will not work exclusively on editorial tasks, but the internship will be weighted toward this type of work.

Length of Internship

Year-round by season (see below for application deadlines).

Requirements

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.

Location

Brooklyn, NY

Application Due Date

Application deadlines are as follows: August 1, 2016, for our Fall 2016 season (September 6 to December 31, 2016); November 1, 2016, for our Winter/Spring 2017 season (January 3 to May 26, 2017); March 15, 2017, for the Summer 2017 season (May 30 to September 1, 2017); PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERING EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS FOR THE SUMMER 2016 SEASON. Early submissions are encouraged.

Payment

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.)


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