Monday, January 3, 2011

Running Press Internship

Running Press is seeking interns to participate in part-time, single-semester internships in the editorial department. An editorial intern will function as a part-time editorial assistant to a department of 9 editors.

An intern’s average day involves:
reading and evaluating unsolicited proposals
returning rejected proposal material
researching book information, sales numbers, comparison or competitive titles, and any other general info on the internet or in one of our own databases
phone calls and filing, Xeroxing, faxing, moving boxes, and mailing

Depending on the intern’s skills, s/he may be asked to review a document or typeset pages for errors, continuity, corrections from previous versions, or even light copyediting (again, depending on skills); proofreading is the most common job relating to manuscripts/page proofs.

In order to give the greatest number of students experience with our company, this is not a full-time position. Depending on school schedules, interns are expected to be able to commit to a minimum of 15 hours per week. Unless otherwise discussed, the internship runs the length of one semester and is offered only to current college students.

Interviews for the summer semester will be conducted during the month of April and the dates of the internship are June 1 to August 31. Interviews for the fall semester will be conducted during July and the dates of the internship are September 1 to December 31. Interviews for the spring semester will be conducted during November and the dates of the internship are January 1 to May 31.

In the event of an overwhelming applicant pool for a specific season or semester, we reserve the right to give preference to those students in their junior and senior years.

This is an unpaid internship, and we cannot offer transportation compensation. We are happy to assist the student in receiving course credit for the internship. Please note that an internship with Running Press does not guarantee you a paid position with us in the future.

To apply, please send the following to internships@perseusbooks.com

Current résumé plus a cover letter, stating your availability for the upcoming semester and any relevant special interests. In your cover letter, please discuss your interest in a career in publishing.

A representative writing sample of fewer than 2 pages—an article, a book review, a personal statement, or anything of the sort.

We’re located within walking distance of two of the main Philadelphia regional rail stations (30th Street and Suburban Station), as well as the 30th Street El. SEPTA buses run regularly nearby. We’re a few blocks off Rittenhouse Square, and across the Chestnut Street Bridge from the Penn campus.

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