Agate is seeking interns for its six-month training internship program. The internship terms are January 1–June 30 and July 1–December 31. Agate interns work 30 or more hours per week on site, and are paid a stipend of $20 per day. We offer interns considerable flexibility in scheduling their hours during the work week, to allow them to hold paying jobs while also doing the internship. Agate only considers candidates who have completed at least their junior year of undergraduate studies. Agate accepts applications for internships year-round.
Agate has an excellent record in helping interns find publishing-industry jobs, whether in the Chicago area or elsewhere. Several Agate interns have been offered staff positions and contractor roles at the company, though there is no formal, structured intern hiring program here. Most of the Agate staff who oversee our internship program have themselves been Agate interns. All Agate interns are trained in a variety of fundamental publishing and small business tasks, with an eye toward preparing them for different entry-level job opportunities. All Agate interns participate in six intensive training seminars designed to give them a 360-degree understanding of basic trade publishing functions.
Qualifications: Master’s degree welcome; Bachelor’s degree preferred; a minimum of at least three years’ undergraduate study required. Strong reading, writing, and personal communication skills are essential, as is a solid grasp of English grammar and style. Previous experience in manuscript editing and/or familiarity with The Chicago Manual of Style is very welcome. Solid organizational skills and computer skills are also desired. Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign) is a bonus but not required.
Applicants may apply for either (or both) of two specific roles outlined below:
* publishing interns: produce catalog and press materials, including press kits and pitches; draft and send out mass mailings; assist with publicity campaigns by communicating via email with media organizations around the country; read, review, and inventory manuscript submissions; assist in pre-publication market research; compile and organize media contact information; produce social media postings; help maintain office inventory; write and post website information.
* editorial interns: copyedit and review educational content, working primarily with the Agate Development team; write and research assessment content; perform administrative and organizational tasks; and review manuscript submissions. May also work with trade team (to a lesser extent) to proofread books and marketing materials.
To apply, email resume, cover letter, and two nonfiction writing samples, amounting to no more than 3000 words total, and—if you wish to demonstrate design experience—two design samples in PDF format, no larger than 2MB, to email@example.com, with the words Internship Application in the subject line of the message.