Wanted: Smart Pop Editorial and Marketing Interns for Spring Semester

By January 2nd, 2013

Are you a well-organized, detail-oriented, self-directed college junior/senior or graduate student in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area who is passionate about books and interested in learning about the publishing industry? Do you love YA literature, television, science fiction and fantasy, gaming, and/or film? Are you currently looking for a spring semester internship?

Look no further!

Internship Job Description

Intern will work directly with the Editor-in-Chief and Marketing Coordinator for Smart Pop Books, the pop culture imprint of BenBella Books. Forthcoming 2013 titles include an anthology on Ender’s Game edited by Orson Scott Card and a book on the history and future of fanfiction. Past titles include The Unofficial Mad Men Cookbook and Finding Serenity (on Joss Whedon’s Firefly).

Intern will provide support for www.smartpopbooks.com and current and upcoming Smart Pop titles, and gain experience in traditional editorial tasks as well as the fast-growing field of online marketing.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Discussing editorial feedback on manuscripts
  • Researching future titles
  • Researching and pitching marketing leads
  • Drafting back cover copy and marketing materials
  • Copyediting
  • Assisting in maintaining aspects of online marketing, including our websites and social media accounts
  • Other miscellaneous editorial and marketing support

Due to office space constraints, intern will meet with the Editor-in-Chief and Marketing Coordinator in person in Harvard Square once a week, and otherwise work independently on his or her schedule.

Internship will begin in February and last through end of the semester, with potential for extension.

The internship is unpaid.

Qualifications

We’re looking for a well-organized, detail-oriented, self-directed college junior/senior or graduate student who is passionate about books and interested in learning about the publishing industry. An interest in YA literature, television, science fiction and fantasy, and/or film is a plus. Experience as a teacher or classes in education also a plus.

Applicants must have an outstanding command of the English language and excellent research skills. Competency in Microsoft Word and strong familiarity with social media and the web are required. Proficiency with WordPress and basic HTML is a plus, as are more advanced web design and development skills.

Given the nature of the internship, applicants must be able to work effectively without direct supervision.

Interested?

Send your resume, cover letter, and two writing samples by February 8 to Smart Pop Editor-in-Chief Leah Wilson at leah@benbellabooks.com.

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