Berkshire Publishing Group: Job Offers!

Berkshire Publishing Group is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. In 1998, it was founded as a specialist academic book development company. Today, Berkshire Publishing is looking to expand their permanent team in Great Barrington. In particular, they have a full-time opening for a graduate with a background in marketing.

Publishing internships are also available in Great Barrington for two graduates (BA, BSc, or MA/MS) with excellent academic records and at least some international experience. Chinese language skills and/or a background in environmental sciences is a great an advantage. Through the position, you will gain exceptional hands-on experience as you work with staff, authors, and editors around the world, learning about editorial procedures, project management, research, and book publicity. You must work a minimum of 20 hours per week and be able to commit to a three-month internship. Temporary housing may be available.

For more information, and to apply, visit http://www.berkshirepublishing.com/bpg/about/employment.asp.

Great Fall Internship Opportunity!

 MTM Publishing is an elite book producer/packager since 1992, producing high-quality innovative reference, nonfiction, and children’s books for a wide range of publishers. One of the company’s specialties is in complex, multi-contributor reference works for such publishers as CQ Press, Macmillan, Oxford University Press, Routledge, Sage, and Scribner’s. MTM Publishing is a recipient of many citations and awards, including most recently an Honorable Mention for the 2010 Dartmouth Medal for its six-volume Encyclopedia of Journalism for Sage Reference Opportunities.

MTM Publishing has an opening for an Editorial, Research, and Administrative Assistant Intern. The position requires a total of 14 hours per week. Responsibilities include:

  • Research and editorial assistance on Young Adult nonfiction and fiction series
  • General editorial assistant work, including proofreading, fact checking, inputting manuscript corrections, correspondence with authors and academic editors, tracking submissions, etc.
  • Administrative assistant work, including ordering supplies, handling mail, etc.

The intern will be involved with or exposed to current and future projects:

  • Research work on a historical dystopian series for Young Adults and input on first drafts
  • Development stages on a specialized history reference work for Princeton University Press
  • Development stages on Point-Counterpoint series on Immigration and Healthcare for Sage Publications
  • Development work on a middle school nonfiction series, called Chronicles of Horror, for Charlesbridge Publishing

Furthermore, as an intern, you will not be limited to clerical tasks:

  • You will be exposed to many aspects of book publishing and get hands-on experience with a variety of critical tasks in the book publishing workflow
  • You will become part of a small publishing enterprise, where most decisions are discussed freely, and planning meetings are open to all employees and interns
  • You will gain the benefit of the company president’s involvement on the board of several professional organizations, including the American Book Producers Association and the Women’s National Book Association; this extends the networking reach of all employees and interns in the company, and will expose the intern to a range of book publishing professionals

The ideal intern should be a detail-oriented individual with an ability to work independently as well as a creative and resourceful researcher, with a careful and thoughtful approach to analyzing sources. A familiarity with the MS Office suite for both Mac and PC is required, as is a familiarity with Quark and/or InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.

Address your cover letter to:
Valerie Tomaselli
President, MTM Publishing
435 West 23rd Street, #8C
New York NY 10011

If interested, please contact Prof. Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.  Be sure to attach your resume and cover letter to the e-mail.

Magazine Intern Positions Open in Upstate NY

Luminary Publishing is a dynamic, 15-year-old regional publishing company based in Kingston, NY with employees who are passionate about the magazines they produce. Their organization’s culture is “hip, hard-working, and continuously-learning;” and their publications are “smart, progressive, and sophisticated.”

Luminary Publishing is constantly exploring new opportunities, and seeking new talent to pursue them. Even if there isn’t a specific job posting that addresses your skill set, please send a note and resume to jobs@chronogram.com if you think you might be interested in joining their organization—particularly if you have experience in periodicals and/or web publishing.

Web Production/Editorial Intern

  • Chronogram offers opportunities for its interns to assist in the creation, formatting, and development of rich media (interactive audio and video) and written content for our website, www.chronogram.com. We are looking for self-motivated people with strong audio and video editing, research, fact-checking, and writing skills; prior journalistic experience is helpful but not required. Familiarity with web design, layout, and the Hudson Valley area are also helpful but not required. For our spring and fall semester internships, we require at least 20 hours a week. All internships are voluntary and unsalaried. College credit available.
  • Email your cover letter and resume to Brian Mahoney, Editorial Director, at bmahoney@chronogram.com to be considered for this internship.

Production Design Intern

  • Chronogram’s design interns assist in the creation, formatting, design, and layout of the advertising content of our magazines, as well as company promotional pieces and web-based banner ads. We are looking for creative, self-motivated people with strong design skills. Familiarity with the Adobe Creative Suite (primarily InDesign and Photoshop) is required. Familiarity with Chronogram and the Hudson Valley area are helpful but not required. For our spring and fall semester internships, we require at least 10 hours a week. All internships are voluntary and unsalaried. College credit available.
  • Email your cover letter and resume to Kristen Miller, Production Director, at kmiller@chronogram.com to be considered for this internship.

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.