Fodors.com Content Internship Opportunity!

Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc., is the world’s leading provider of travel intelligence. Covering 300 destinations worldwide, the Fodor’s guidebooks and Fodors.com have provided the most up-to-date information and strategic travel planning advice for travelers for more than seventy years.

Fodors.com is seeking an unpaid Content Intern for the Fall 2012 semester to work from early September to early December. We are looking for a college or graduate student (Communications/Media/Technology) who is available to work 15-20 hours a week in our Midtown NYC office. Students must be able to receive school credit for the internship.

This opportunity is for a web-savvy student to jump in and learn how a leading travel brand works behind the scenes. You’ll be part of a team creating engaging travel content that reaches more than 3.6 million unique viewers a month. Along with helping to keep our content up to date, you’ll test new features on our many platforms, attend staff meetings, and tag content in our database. You may also be asked to jump in to assist on special feature projects like our Top 100 Hotel Awards.

The student will emerge from this internship with a deep understanding of what it’s like to work at a fast-paced travel brand in Midtown Manhattan. The ideal applicant will be tech-savvy and a fast learner who is able to adapt quickly from project to project.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Tag editorial content in our database
  • Perform QA (quality assurance) on our website, mobile apps, and special projects
  • Test new features of our CMS (content management system)
  • Create assignments in our web app and add records
  • Use administrative tools to run reports
  • Help maintain documentation and create instructions in various forms, including videos

Requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in a college or graduate school program, with a concentration in Communications, Media, or Technology
  • Must be able to earn school credit for internship
  • Proficient in the MS Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organized and detail-focused
  • Familiarity with databases and web-based applications and tools like metadata tags and blogs
  • Interest in travel and technology

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Cameron Todd at ctodd@fodors.com, and CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Production-Editorial Internship Opportunity!

Fodor’s Travel, an imprint of Random House, Inc., is looking for a fall semester intern to work for credit in midtown Manhattan.  This internship is 20 hours/week, and will run from September to December.

The intern will work closely with the Associate Managing Editor and Production Editors to gain experience doing many of the tasks they do:

  • Correction checking and light proofreading of our print titles, including covers
  • Creation of first- and second-pass proofs using Typefi, our desktop-publishing system
  • Quality-assurance checking of ebooks and possibly apps
  • Keyboarding of changes to Word files
  • Possible review of the work of freelance proofreaders, depending on the intern’s aptitude and experience

By closely shadowing the Fodor’s production-editorial staff, a nexus of print and ebook production at our company, the intern will be central to the creation of several books and ebooks this fall and will gain a thorough understanding of the way in which all departments (editorial, production-editorial, production, cartography, and art) collaborate to create Fodor’s content.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Cameron Todd at ctodd@fodors.com, and CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.  Applicants will ultimately need to furnish a letter from their college confirming the intent to grant academic credit.

Part-Time Literary Agency Internship Opportunity!

The Mendel Media Group is a literary agency in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Its proprietor, Scott Mendel, is a former academic and magazine editor who became a literary agent in the 1990s.  The agency’s clientele includes both fiction and nonfiction writers, among them professional journalists, diplomats and senior academics writing for the broadest possible trade readership, and author-experts writing prescriptive books.  We also represent some companies and institutions—the National Football League and Reason magazine are among our clients, for example.

The agency seeks smart, detail-oriented and creative people interested in learning about the work of a literary agency and about the book publishing industry generally. The semester-long internship is flexible enough to accommodate a student’s classroom or part-time work schedule. Ideally, interns are in the office two days each week for fourteen weeks.

Duties include: (1) reading and evaluating unsolicited inquiries from writers seeking representation, (2) reading and editing drafts of book proposals and manuscripts under development by clients, (3) some filing and mailing duties, (4) occasional errands related to the work of the office (to the post office, etc), and (5) other light clerical work.

Interns will: (1) learn to evaluate pitches and queries, (2) improve their editorial skills, and (3) practice thinking about literary material like people who work on the business end of the publishing industry—by, for example, learning to judge the long-term commercial value of a particular project’s subsidiary rights.

Additional information about the agency is available at: www.mendelmedia.com. The internship is unpaid, but most interns with Scott Mendel have arranged for academic credit through their colleges, and some have gone on to paid positions at various trade and academic publishing jobs.

Please email your cover letter and resume or c.v., all in the body of an email (not as an attachment), to: scott@mendelmedia.com.  Please also CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Marketing and Communications Graduate Assistant Needed!

The Pace University Marketing and Communications Department is looking for a Graduate Assistant!

BASIC FUNCTIONS:

The Marketing and Communications Graduate Assistant will assist the Creative Director and editorial and design teams with developing marketing and editorial materials (print and online) for the University—maintaining University messaging, tone, and style throughout and furthering the department and the University’s mission. As part of the Marketing and Communications team, the Graduate Assistant will assist in finding new ways to communicate with the University’s target audiences in meaningful and engaging ways and provide research, writing, creative, production, and administrative support.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Edit and proofread University marketing materials (enrollment materials, viewbooks, advertisements, posters, program brochures, web copy, and more)
  • Edit and proofread editorial properties (The Pulse, weekly newsletter for students; Opportunitas, monthly newsletter for faculty and staff; Keeping Pace, quarterly newsletter for parents; Pace Magazine, bi-annual publication for alumni; Annual Report)
  • Write regular features for editorial properties (alumni, student, and faculty profiles; events coverage; and more)
  • Research school publications and Google alerts to develop monthly ‘fit to print’ column; quarterly class notes; and bi-weekly updates for story meetings
  • Manage unique marketing projects from start to finish (e.g., work with Creative Director and client to identify products, editorial needs, and maintain schedule)
  • Assist in University email communications (developing copy, preparing templates, maintaining mailing lists)
  • Collect email statistics and web analytics for reporting and analysis; assist in identifying and implementing new ways to improve open rates/reader traffic
  • Research and develop/maintain critical editorial and marketing databases and documents (Pace Pride Points, Pace in a NY Minute, Superstars Database, Around the World, Year in Review)
  • Assist in reviewing and coding photo archives for editorial and marketing use

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Full-time enrollment in Pace University Graduate program, ideally in Publishing, Marketing, Media and Communications, or related field
  • Candidates must be able to work creatively, manage multiple projects while meeting deadlines, and have strong communications skills
  • Strong computer skills in Word and Excel; experience with blogging software, CMS, and Adobe Creative Suite a plus

If you are interested in applying, please send a cover letter and resume to Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Job Opportunity with Taylor and Francis!

Taylor and Francis is currently looking for Inside Specialist Sales Reps!

An Inside Specialist Sales Representative is expected to engage in the daily proactive sales efforts (via phone, email, conferences, presentations, targeted mailings and in-person visits) considered necessary to promote the products for assigned disciplines and reach their assigned monetary goal.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Achieve annual sales goals in the Humanities and Social Science textbooks for assigned disciplines.
  • Identify, contact, track and close business to achieve annual revenue targets.
  • Sell and present technology over the phone and in person.
  • Develop in-depth understanding of assigned disciplines so that the specialist is able to function as a true consultative sales rep.
  • Attend key conferences and make select campus visits to close business.
  • Plan, organize, and prioritize sales strategies to achieve established sales targets.
  • Work with marketing to develop sales plan for selected conventions attended by the specialist.
  • Provide periodic sales forecasts.
  • Provide editorial and marketing with ongoing feedback regarding Taylor and Francis products, competitive products and market trends.
  • Manage communications and reporting.
  • Successfully manage software, textbook sampling, and travel budgets.
  • Manage territory resources/budget.
  • Maintain and continue to build a high level of knowledge of textbook and technology products.
  • Build in-depth knowledge of assigned disciplines in order to work closely with product teams to identify potential new authors, provide feedback on new editions and revisions.
  • Participate in twice yearly sales meeting to develop product and curriculum knowledge, sales skills and other aspects of the business.
  • Use key systems to maximize sales including CAS, PT, BMIS and ISIS.
  • Other projects as assigned by the sales manager.

Required Experience / Skills

  • 1-2 years’ experience working in sales, educational sales preferred. Alternative would be 2 years teaching experience in the language arts, social studies, math or science at the high school level.
  • Excellent written and oral communications skills.
  • Excellent PC skills, as well as a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office.

Educational Requirements

  • College degree BA or BS

If interested in applying, please send a resume and cover letter to Jessica Flores at jessica.flores@taylorandfrancis.com, and be sure to CC Professor Jane Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.