These are some of the most interesting and promising internships known to us this spring. We know a lot about them and can recommend them as being particularly appropriate for Book Studies concentrators. There are other book-related summer interships in the database of the Lazarus Center for Career Development, so if you can't find anything below, visit the Lazarus Center's website. In the meantime, if you have any questions contact Martin Antonetti.
University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia
The Internship Program at Penn Press is meant for undergraduate students and others seeking to explore the field of academic publishing. Running for ten weeks our summer program encompasses the entire publishing process, from manuscript proposal to bound book.
The internship is structured but not inflexible, and all Press departments are represented in the program: Acquisitions, Editing & Production (which includes design), Marketing, and Business & Administration. Each intern will be assigned to one or two departments depending on availability and the intern's preference. Interns assigned to one Press department will spend the entire length of the program in that department, while those assigned to two will spend five weeks in each.
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Library of Congress:
Junior Fellow Summer Intern
The general focus of the Junior Fellows Program is on increasing access to the collections and promoting an awareness of the Library's copyright, legal and special collections and digital initiatives. Interns help the Library expose unprocessed collections, participate in digital projects, provide additional services to Congress and the public, and make our collections more immediately accessible to scholars. Interns work under the direction of Library curators and specialists in various divisions. In the past, summer interns have identified hundreds of historical, literary, artistic, cinematic and musical gems representing rich cultural, creative, and intellectual resources. United States citizens currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school are invited to apply for consideration as a Junior Fellow. In this link scroll down to the Rare Books and Special Collections listing: that's where the BKX concentration has the best contacts for you.
Booklyn, New York
Booklyn's mission is to promote artist books as an art form and an educational resource, to provide the general public and academic institutions with services and programming involving contemporary artist books, and to assist artists in exhibiting, distributing and publishing artist books.
Interns at Booklyn are involved with all aspects of the administration of an artist-run non-profit art organization. Specific activities, supervised by Booklyn staff, fall into the following categories:
Cataloging, Shipping, Curatorial Practice, Education, Development, Art Publication Production, & Arts Administration
Booklyn encourages interns to take on projects that align with their interests. All internships are currently unpaid. However, interns may use Booklyn's studio equipment and space for personal projects. For more information, contact Maya Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Intern applications are evaluated on a rolling basis. Booklyn is, of course, based in Brooklyn.
Siglio Press, Los Angeles
Siglio is an independent press in Los Angeles dedicated to publishing uncommon books that live at the intersection of art and literature. Siglio books defy categorization and ignite conversation: they are cross-disciplinary, hybrid works that subvert paradigms, reveal unexpected connections, rethink narrative forms, and thoroughly engage a reader’s imagination and intellect. We believe that challenging work can be immensely appealing: our books are beautiful, affordable, and as much a pleasure to touch and hold as they are to read.
Depending on the timing and duration of the internship, students will have the opportunity to be intimately involved with or closely observe almost all aspects of independent publishing: editorial, production, marketing, distribution/sales. There is no photocopy machine, so be assured you will not be spending you day in front of it, nor will you be answering phones. In short, the intern will be directly assisting the publisher in virtually every endeavor. Additionally, a long-term project for each intern will be fashioned according to both the intern’s interests and the needs of the press. It is an excellent opportunity to see a small, publishing house in action, gain first-hand experience, as well as hone various skills that will be useful in a variety fields.
Tasks may include:
reading submissions, editorial research, copy-editing, proofing
production tasks such as cataloguing and material organization
gathering and managing information for a variety of databases
assisting with marketing strategies, mailings, and materials
researching, coordinating information, and conducting some maintenance for the website and other internet/social media presences (plus, any necessary, mundane activities including various errands).
Keen interest in literature and visual arts; knowledge of 20th century avant-garde literary and arts movements helpful but not necessary
Ability to focus, pay attention to detail, and willingness to revise
Ability to learn and adapt quickly; flexibility; curiosity
Highest command of English, including grammar and spelling
Familiarity and high level of comfort with Macintosh computers
Must have completed at least two years of college.
Please see Siglio's website and then Martin Antonetti (x2907) for further details about this remarkable opportunity.
Granary Books, New York
Granary Books is a publisher of artists' books (in the broadest sense of the term) and a dealer in literary and art archives and libraries, specializing in materials from the 1960s to the present. We have had superb interns from Smith and its sister schools regularly for the past 15 years. The interns at Granary work on a range of projects including research, cataloging, organizing and website updates.
Those who get the most out of their experience at Granary are self-motivated, detail-oriented, hands-on and enthusiastic about the experimental strains of recent poetry and art. The work environment is very casual; Granary is based in a live/work loft in the SoHo section of lower Manhattan. You can learn more about Granary Books and view some of our recent publishing and archive projects by clicking here.