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.
PUBLICITY INTERNSHIP: Ideal publicity intern candidates should be familiar with various social media platforms (including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Goodreads). The publicity intern will work closely with our in-house publicist and would be expected to perform research to update contacts; 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; e-book/production work as needed; and general office tasks. Note that the publicity intern will not work exclusively on publicity/marketing tasks, but the internship will be weighted toward this type of work.
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: November 1, 2015, for our Winter/Spring 2016 season (January 1 to May 31, 2016); March 15, 2016, for the Summer 2016 season; August 1, 2016, for our Fall 2016 season (September 1 to December 31, 2016); PLEASE NOTE THAT WE ARE NO LONGER CONSIDERING APPLICATIONS FOR THE FALL 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.)
*Please include the word “EDIT” in the subject line of your e-mail application if your primary interest is editorial in nature, or “PUBL” if you’re mostly interested in publicity, marketing, and social media. If you’re interested in all areas, please include both words (“EDIT & PUBL”) in the subject line.
If you would like to be considered for the publicity internship, please include on your resume any appropriate social media accounts that can be taken into consideration (i.e., usernames for Twitter, Tumblr, etc.).
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