Editorial Internship

Jul 26, 2013
Aug 25, 2013
Mr. Christina Wiginton
The Smithsonian Books Editorial Internship is designed to provide a meaningful, hands-on learning experience. It offers a unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of book publishing including writing, editing, and project management skills and to gain practical experience in the field of book publishing.

Through weekly production meetings and ad hoc/informal meetings with the Director, Marketing Director, and Editor, the Intern will have the opportunity to develop an understanding of how all the elements of books (text, design, illustration) fit together and the progression of steps from acquiring a title to delivering it in the warehouse. The Intern will be mentored by the Editor, who will arrange for monthly development meetings to evaluate the skills learned and experiences of the internship, reflect on how they apply to the Intern’s education/career goals, and chart a course for the coming months.

The Intern will learn how to:
•write jacket copy
•copy edit captions, marketing materials, and jacket copy
•analyze, track, and manage image submission for illustrated books

The Intern will work on the following projects:
•2015 Treasures of the Smithsonian Engagement Calendar (desk calendar)
•The Smithsonian Book of Air and Space Trivia (trade non-fiction trivia)
•The Smithsonian First Ladies Collection (collection-based guide)
•The Making of an Assistant President (trade non-fiction)

The ideal candidate will be passionate about the written word, tech savvy, reliable, organized, and self-motivated, with great attention to detail and the ability to work successfully as part of a team. Candidates should be currently enrolled in a related degree program (English, Creative Writing, etc.), or a recent graduate.

Tenure Dates: Starting in early September 2013, 12 week internship
Part-time internship, 16 hours/week, unpaid and/or for course credit

Please submit a cover letter indicating your interest in the internship, resume, and writing sample to Christina Wiginton at wigintonc@si.edu. Incomplete applications and applications with multiple typographical errors will not be considered.

Final intern selection will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a pre-appointment background check.

Please include a writing sample.

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