The MIT Press seeks enthusiastic fall interns in various departments. 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.
Part-time, paid internships are available in Books Acquisitions, Books Editorial, Books
Marketing, Books Sales & Business Development, Books Publicity, and Digital Production
Department (CogNet). Hours will be negotiated, but candidates should be able to
commit to a minimum of 10 hours per week.
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.
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
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 are now using at the MIT Press.
College graduates and graduate students with editorial experience and familiarity with
Chicago style are strongly preferred.
Books Marketing: The Books Marketing Intern will have the opportunity to be involved
in many areas of book promotion. Daily tasks may include proofreading book catalogs,
brochures, and other promotional materials for accuracy; ordering and sorting mailing
lists; researching and building new mailing lists for use in future promotions; attending
marketing department functions and meetings; reviewing marketing data and advising
on buyer behavior; and assisting the books marketing staff on a variety of other
projects. The Books Marketing intern will also have the opportunity to become involved
in the department’s grassroots initiative, which seeks to identify new audiences of
readers and build lasting relationships with organizations outside the Press. Candidates should be familiar with MS Office and have strong proofreading, writing,
communications, and internet research skills. Previous marketing experience and
familiarity with Filemaker a plus, but not required.
Books Sales & Business Development: The Books Sales intern will primarily support the
in-house sales department, as well as regularly assisting the business development
department. Daily tasks vary, but may include: investigating market channels for lead
titles; thinking creatively about local and national sales and marketing opportunities;
tracking title availability on Amazon and other major accounts; preparing and
distributing promotional materials; assisting the Exhibits Manager with conference
mailings; researching international bookstores and faculty to expand global outreach;
registering copyright of MIT Press works with the Library of Congress; and organizing
information on translated editions of MIT Press content. The Books Sales Intern will also
be given the opportunity to attend department meetings, launch meetings at which
acquisitions and other key personnel discuss details of future titles, and our biannual
Sales Conference, during which acquisitions editors present the entire list to our
international sales force.
Books Publicity: Books Publicity interns will learn about marketing and promoting books
to the media. Their primary responsibilities include scanning and distributing book
reviews, maintaining and updating the reviews database, assisting with galley and press
release mailings, working with the MIT Press blog, researching journals and other media,
inputting reviewer requests, and other general assistance. Office and/or publishing
experience, as well as familiarity with Filemaker or other database software, is a plus,
but not required.
Digital Production Department (CogNet): The intern will support MIT Press’s cognitive
neuroscience portal, CogNet. Tasks will include: processing books for CogNet which
involves running scripts in a Bash (Unix) shell to extract individual PDF chapters from
book PDF; creating custom CogNet branded covers in Adobe Photoshop; appending
covers and copyright pages, as well as adding metadata to individual PDF chapters in
Adobe Acrobat; processing and loading chapter and cover files, as well as entering
metadata in Drupal on CogNet. Familiarity with Drupal is a plus, but not required.
For more information on other internships and current job openings, please see our
careers website at: http://mitpress.mit.edu/mitpress/jobs/
MIT is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive
consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race,
color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic
information, veteran status, ancestry, or national or ethnic origin.
How to Apply for This Internship:
Please email your cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 11.
Please submit both documents as PDFs and please indicate in the subject line of the email the department(s) you are interested in applying to. Please note that failure to follow the submissions instructions may result in your application not being reviewed by the Internship Committee.