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Coffee House Press

Publishing Internship—Fall 2021

Location: MN - Twin Cities Metro
Type: Paid Internship
Category: Editorial and writing
Deadline: July 5, 2021

City: Minneapolis, MN
Stipend: $1,800
Website: https://coffeehousepress.org/pages/internships
Is this a remote / work from home position?: This is a hybrid position (partially remote, partially site-based)

Job description

An internship at Coffee House Press will introduce you to all aspects of a small literary publisher, and will give you skills that can also easily transfer to larger publishing houses and other careers, both in the arts and elsewhere. Fall internships will be in-person at our Minneapolis office with some remote work opportunities.

Intern tasks

-Reading and reporting on submissions
-Manuscript fact-checking
-Acquisitions and permissions research
-Researching donor and grant prospects
-Database upkeep, including spreadsheets and database software
-Writing copy for newsletters, reading group guides, and the CHP website
-Coordinating and assisting with mailings (galleys, press releases, catalogs, etc.)
-Assisting with upkeep of publicity materials
-Light page layout and editing of press materials, signs, and other documents
-Providing support before and during events
-Website maintenance
-Other tasks as assigned

Qualifications or requirements

Required skills, knowledge, and abilities

-Desire to be learn about all aspects of a small literary publisher
-Excellent written and interpersonal communications skills
-Ability to multitask, work independently, and manage deadlines
-Knowledge of contemporary, independent literature
-Computer literacy and knowledge of Microsoft Office and Google suites

Preferred skills, knowledge, and abilities

-Experience evaluating writing in a publishing, classroom, or other setting
-Knowledge of Coffee House Press titles
-Experience conducting independent research
-Some editorial, design, social media, or development experience

We strongly encourage people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and non-binary people, veterans, parents, individuals with disabilities and people from a wide range of educational and work experiences to apply. If you need a reasonable accommodation at any point in the application or interview process, please let us know. Please note that I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification is required.

How to apply

Application materials

-A cover letter explaining why you’re applying for the program, along with your preferred start date
-A detailed resume with your work and academic background
-A list of five favorite contemporary books in any genre
-Optional: up to three pages of additional documents (e.g., references, work samples). Please do not send creative writing samples (poetry, stories, novel excerpts, memoir, and so on).

Email the required application materials to the Intern Coordinators at internship@coffeehousepress.org. Please contact us at (612) 338-0125 if you are unable to email materials and instead need to provide applications via mail. We do not accept internship applications in person.