Exciting Sales Internship at HarperCollins Publishing Starting August 1st

Sales Intern
Paid – No
Time Frame – August 1 through November 30
Description – Support for the Distribution Client Services Department within the Sales Department at HarperCollins. This department liaises with clients Disney and Hyperion and facilitates intra-company ventures, including a UK-based reference program and a Canadian general trade program. Duties include running and distribution of reports, general sales communication, fulfilling requests for sales materials, preparation for meetings. General support of department VP and Sales Support Associate. The intern will have front-lines exposure to the sales process across all sales channels and will have a view into the publishing process through key seasonal meetings with Editorial, Marketing, and Publicity departments.
Qualifications Computer skills needed: Excel, some Access preferred. Writing and communication skills necessary.

Internship Instructions – Please e-mail Mary Beth a copy of your resume.

Contact Information
Company Contact: Mary Beth Thomas
Email: marybeth.thomas@harpercollins.com
Address: 10 East 53rd Street, New York, NY 10022

A Report from the Trenches: The Life of an Intern

Britney Fitzgerald is a graduate student in the MS in Publishing program and will be graduating in the May 2012. This past semester she interned at Martha Stewart Living.  Below is the final internship report she wrote for PUB 699A.  Britney is also an avid blogger so check her out at http://thewhy-britfit.blogspot.com

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I promptly arrived at Martha Stewart’s corporate office at 12pm on Monday afternoon, January 10th 2011 as an eager and delighted intern.  After a brief tour of the 9th floor, I was sent to work on a few different tasks for the editorial department.

The space was beautiful, with multitudes of natural lighting and magazine layouts covering the walls like artwork. It was slightly odd being the only intern, since everyone else was a permanent employee working on their careers. But I liked the challenge this presented and the close contact it allowed me with the editors.

Large Mac computers were organized into rows based on department and publication, with me seated in the middle of the Martha Stewart Living section. I had a desk and a Martha mug. Excitement held my fascination for the first week as I observed the insides of a national magazine, like a fly on the wall.

It wasn’t always an easy position, and yet there were certainly gratifying moments during my semester. I even met Martha Stewart in the elevator while holding several heavy Whole Foods bags. She greeted me and I managed to mumble a “hi!” to the powerful executive and homemaker. Throughout the next several paragraphs I will explain the positive and negative aspects of my internship, divulge the information I learned, and discuss how I hope this position will benefit me in the future.

Everyday I woke up with a daunting hour and ten minute commute. Once I arrived, I would greet my boss Kristen Flanagan (an alumna of the MS in Publishing program), put away my jacket in a locker and sort/receive mail. This was usually a 10-20 minute process depending on the day of the week and who was receiving postage. Also, if the higher-level editors were taking a phone call or in a meeting, I would wait and distribute their packages later. This led to constant office-checking that sometimes lasted over an hour.

Next I would go back to Kristen and see what my major projects would be for the day. Sometimes I researched or posted blogs, which had me sitting at my desk. Other time I was pinning up storyboards, cutting out “minis” (pictures of stories to come), working for the beauty editor, or filing contracts. On the occasion, Kristen and I helped setup a baby shower, bought food for a going away party, or printed out phone contacts and ran them around the building. Obviously certain days were more enjoyable than others, but I never encountered anyone rude and found the whole process to be a lesson in learning how national magazines work.

I also had the good fortune of being part of a publication without the consequences of actual employment. By this statement, I mean that there are certain privileges associated with being everyone’s go-to girl. I had contact to upper-level editors as well as editorial assistants with little difference in treatment. I was not truly a piece of their hierarchy, yet I was not quite a visitor since my internship lasted 4 months, with me present 4 days a week. Tasks are assigned via all departments to an intern, thus if you are observant, you can see personalities and job descriptions across the board. I often knew why one editor was angry or optimistic about a story before an upper-level editor even had a chance to glance at the piece. And I could see personality and workstyle differences or friendly interactions without much involvement in the promotion/demotion cycle.

At the beginning of my time at Martha Stewart Living, I was slightly apprehensive about the position. I had been hardly introduced to anyone, and simply started working alongside two complete strangers. But this taught me my first lesson: put yourself out there. I can’t say that I completed this goal to the fullest everyday, though I certainly tried to at least have this mindset. Successful individuals surrounded me and at times, and this was intimidating to the “lowly intern.” But it helped me to remember that at one point in their careers, these editors were probably in a similar situation that I was in. In fact, after a bit of research I discovered some of my Martha co-workers had been interns within the last 3 to 4 years. Not only did this give me hope, it also reminded me that I am replaceable and unmemorable in city full of fresh-faced, driven students fighting to be the next Editor in Chiefs… unless I make myself necessary and distinctive. So I attempted this feat by knowing when to ask or not ask questions, holding my head up high even when delivering mail, not being dismissive or the center of attention, and completed tasks quickly yet thoroughly. Usually, this worked to my advantage.

My last statements lead me to another lesson: ask questions and research. People are not always going to give you complete directions and sometimes vagueness with an instruction will haunt an entire project. The first several weeks, I wrote everything down. What numbers to fill out on my pay slip, who had replaced whom in the gardening department, where the envelopes were stashed – all of these details can be difficult to remember! But if I wrote them down, I wouldn’t ask the more obnoxious questions continually. This gave me more room to ask about projects I was working on, the functions of the magazine, or even details of how editors got to their current positions. Two of my most beneficial days were when I discussed internships and goals with both the editorial assistant and the beauty editor. Why move to New York? When did you start working in magazines? How much internship experience did you acquire?  But this prodding in personal life takes patience, time, and trust for both parties involved, so I waited till near the end of my experience to really dig for these answers. Besides, most people will not just tell you what you want to know, so judging the right questions to ask and the opportune moment to ask them was a huge part of this lesson.

And finally, there is one more point worth discussing: have an optimistic attitude and a goal in mind. Some days you are not going to do anything fun or glamorous. You may feel left out or put out based on experiences with certain employees. I know there were times at Martha when I thought, “Well… this mind-numbing.” But it’s part of the experience that should push you forward. If I didn’t want to be filing papers, what exactly was it that I wanted to be doing? If I didn’t want to be making photocopies, what exactly was it that I could accomplish? Setting realistic yet reach-worthy goals got me through some of the more menial duties. I wanted to leave this internship with contacts in the business, positive references, and a greater knowledge of the workings of a magazine. After all, not everyone is invited to partake in the secretive and competitive task of forming a national publication. This fact alone should keep you optimistic about your powerless but profitable position.

Besides, after an internship – partially an unpaid one – the only place you can go is up. So it is my hope that following my final summer internship at Parents Magazine, I will use what I’ve learned from both experiences to conquer some unassuming New York publication and nab the ever-persistent dream of an editorial position… aka a real job.

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I’m very thankful to Martha Stewart Living for giving me the opportunity to intern and hope to cross paths with several of those employees again. My experience was priceless – and I truly value those who put effort into my training. The position was made even more enjoyable because Pace University issued me an iPad for my magazine and technology-based thesis. Throughout the Summer and Fall Semesters, I’ll be chronicling three different business models of magazines in relation to the iPad phenomenon, including Martha Stewart Living, Cosmopolitan, and TIME. Over the next several months I hope to gain additional experience through an internship with Parents Magazine, while also learning more about digital publishing through my thesis.

Exciting Summer Magazine Internship Avaible for Summer 2011!

Established in 1981, SHAPE is the largest active lifestyle magazine for women in the world. With more than six million print readers and a website that attracts one million visitors each month, SHAPE is considered a trusted resource for health and fitness information, sophisticated beauty and fashion editorial, and inspirational steps for positive change.

Internship Information:

  • Summer Advertising Sales Intern for School Credit

SHAPE Magazine Advertising Sales department is seeking a part-time (maximum 20 hours per week) intern to assist staff in many projects and administrative duties. The intern will have a unique opportunity to learn about sales and marketing at SHAPE.

This position presents a great opportunity to learn about the publishing industry, which now exists beyond print to also include online, mobile, TV, consumer events, licensed products and more — all centered around the iconic, authoritative and ever-expanding SHAPE brand.

Duties:

  • Provide General assistance with Ad Sales, including, but not limited to:
  • Organizing new and archived issues and mailing issues and Media Kits to clients and agencies when requested.
  • Data entry including entering agency/client contacts into Sales Reps Contact Lists and Shape’s Complimentary Subscription database.
  • Help prep sales reps for meetings and conference calls (tab issues, prepare gift bags, bind presentations, etc)
  • Assisting with set-up of client meetings in office and on site when necessary
  • Make appointments for Sales Reps and Publisher meetings (lunches, dinners, mani/pedis, etc.)
  • Copy and file Insertion Orders, Expense Reports, etc.
  • Messenger magazines, packages, gift bags, etc. when neccessary

Qualifications – A current college student with the ability to receive credit for their internship – Excellent written and verbal communication skills. – Proficient with Microsoft Excel, Word & PowerPoint. – Strong organization and time management skills as well as the ability to multitask. – Team player with a strong work ethic.

To Apply – Please send Resume and Cover Letter in an email to Tess McCarthy (tmccarthy@shape.com), Executive Assistant to Brian Gruseke, Publisher of Shape Magazine. Please CC Professor Denning (jkinneydenning@pace.edu) in your application emails.

Fodors.com Seeks a 2011 Spring Intern

fodors-logoFodors.com is seeking an unpaid intern for the spring 2011 semester to begin work immediately. They are looking for a college or graduate student (Communications/Media) who is available to work 15-20 hours a week in our Midtown office. Students must be able to receive school credit for the internship.

The Fodors.com intern will work closely with members of the Online Editorial and Marketing departments. Working with the Fodors.com team will be an excellent opportunity to learn about what goes into producing and marketing the website for one of the world’s most respected travel brands.

The intern’s primary responsibilities will be:

  • Researching, collecting and verifying email and mailing addresses for hotels and restaurants reviewed on Fodors.com
  • Assisting with the development of promotional web pages
  • Reaching out to other sites to alert then about engaging content
  • Assisting with social media communications

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a college or graduate school program, with a concentration in Communications or Media
  • Proficient in the MS Office suite: Word, Excel, Powerpoint.
  • Internet and social media savvy
  • Organized and show attention to detail.
  • Able to take direction and know when to ask questions
  • Travel experience is a plus

How to apply:
Please send an email with your resume and cover letter to Fodorsmarketing@randomhouse.com

About our company:
Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc. is one of the world’s leading providers of travel information. Covering over 300 destinations worldwide, Fodor’s guidebooks and Web site, Fodors.com, have provided the most up-to-date, accurate information for travelers for more than seventy years. Written by a team of over 700 writers located around the globe, Fodor’s provides travelers with engagingly written, intelligently and accurately reported, and absolutely indispensable travel guidance.

Random House, Inc. is the world’s largest general trade book publisher. It is a division of Bertelsmann AG, one of the foremost media companies in the world.

The Architect’s Newspaper is Looking for Interns

The Architect's Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper seeks interns for two positions. A newspaper with editions serving the East, West, and Midwest, AN offers unmatched opportunities to meet architects, cover a variety of topics, and produce lots of clips. Work in a fun, fast-paced environment where you will be able to write and research on a regular basis. Interest in architecture and design is a must. Positions are unpaid, and a commitment of 15 to 20 hours per week is preferred. Perfect for students looking to gain experience, clips, and contacts in the architecture and design community.

  • Candidates interested in an Editorial Intern position should send resume, cover letter, and three writing samples to intern@archpaper.com. Visit us at www.archpaper.com. Excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills required; journalism or architecture experience preferred. Responsibilities include reporting and writing stories for print and online, blogging, research for editorial projects, and tracking and reporting on breaking news, exhibitions, awards, products, and other topics.
  • Candidates interested in an Ad Sales/Marketing Intern position should email their resume and the hours that they are available to Lynne Rowan at lrowan@archpaper.com. This job will entail compiling media kits, collecting materials, preparing mailings and assisting in a variety of other general tasks and projects. The experience gained will give you firsthand knowledge of what it takes to work in a publishing environment. Successful candidates should have be personable and have both initiative and energy.