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Description: An internship at Coffee House Press will introduce you to all aspects of a small literary publisher, and will give you skills that can also easily transfer to larger publishing houses and other careers, both in the arts and elsewhere.

Diverse experiences and viewpoints are important to us. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses. Please note that I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification is required.

Intern tasks include:
-Reading and reporting on submissions
-Manuscript fact-checking
-Acquisitions and permissions research
-Filing and other assorted administrative duties (such as answering phones and taking messages)
-Researching donor and grant prospects
-Database upkeep, including spreadsheets and database software
-Writing copy for newsletters, reading group guides, and the CHP website
-Coordinating and assisting with mailings (galleys, press releases, catalogs, etc.)
-Assisting with upkeep of publicity materials
-Light page layout and editing of press materials, signs, and other documents
-Providing support before and during events
-Assisting with direct sales in the office and at events
-Website maintenance
-Other tasks as assigned

Internship hours are flexible, averaging 12–15 hours per week over the course of approximately four months for a total of at least 200 hours. At the completion of the internship, interns receive a $1,200 stipend, $200 worth of discounted Coffee House titles, and a discount on all future purchases. Internships are intended as fixed-length, educational experiences and should not be interpreted as job training. Interns are not entitled to or guaranteed employment upon the completion of the internship, but they are welcome to apply for open positions at the press at any time. Please note that the internship takes place at our Minneapolis office and cannot be done remotely.
Length of Internship: 200 hours over 3-4 months
Requirements: Candidates should have or be working toward a bachelor’s degree or equivalent, demonstrate a passion for contemporary literature and publishing, and possess a strong work ethic and willingness to learn. We look for candidates who are comfortable with various technologies such as Google Suite and Microsoft Office Suite, are organized and driven, and have strong communication skills.
Location: 79 13th Ave. N.E. Suite 110, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Application Due Date: 7/1/2018
Payment: $1,200 stipend, $200 worth of discounted Coffee House titles, and a discount on all future purchases.
How To Apply For This Internship: Email the required application materials to the Intern Coordinators at Please contact us at (612) 338-0125 if you are unable to email materials and instead need to provide applications via mail. We do not accept internship applications in person.

Application materials:
-A cover letter explaining why you’re applying for the program, along with your preferred start date
-A detailed resume with your work and academic background
-A list of five favorite contemporary books in any genre
-Optional: up to three pages of additional documents (e.g., references, work samples). Please do not send creative writing samples (poetry, stories, novel excerpts, memoir, and so on).
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