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Description: Pelican Publishing Company offers a student intern opportunity to learn the basics of the publishing industry, receive hands-on experience, and polish communication talents in an intimate, supervised atmosphere. The internship position requires an individual who is both responsible and versatile. An effort is made to show the variety of skills needed to work in the publishing industry.

Supervised by the editor in chief, this position focuses on the stages of reviewing and editing manuscripts.

Position Description:
The task of the editorial department is to help acquire new titles for the company and to prepare contracted titles for publication. This is accomplished by critiquing submissions, editing manuscripts and computer disks (manuscript editing, line editing, and copyediting), checking artwork for accuracy and relevance, proofreading the typeset books, editing indexes, checking typesetters' corrections, checking the books' layouts, and checking the printers' bluelines. This staff works closely with the production department to put manuscripts and artwork into correct book form.

Representative Editorial Tasks:
Manuscripts: Returning rejected manuscripts.
Manuscript review: This is reading and writing a critique of a manuscript Pelican is considering.
Queries: Reading initial submissions to determine if additional material should be requested.
Proofreading: Reading typeset books for typographical and formatting errors.
Clerical: Filing for CIP Data. Filing for copyright. Faxing letters. Miscellaneous typing/computer inputting.
Final type: This involves checking corrected proofs and layout. An editor will supervise.
Bluelines: This is checking projects at the blueline stage, following a detailed checklist.
Artwork: This involves checking sketches and final artwork for editorial accuracy.
Indexes: Copyediting and proofreading author indexes.
Editing: Under editorial supervision, the intern will "practice edit" a children's book or any other project that may be in the schedule.
Length of Internship: Internships are available year-round and last a minimum of 8 weeks. Arrangements are sometimes made to work less due to school requirements, or more according to the intern's wishes and availability of office space.
Requirements: An interest in reading. Detail oriented, resourceful, self-motivated, and team oriented. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills. Able to work in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment.
Reliability and punctuality. For more information see the information on Pelican's website at

The ideal candidate will have two years of college courses and be working toward a degree in a related field or an equivalent background.
Location: Gretna, LA
Application Due Date: Summer - March 15
Fall - August 1
Spring - December 1
Payment: The internship is unpaid.
How To Apply For This Internship: Send a resume and two-page essay sample to:
Nina Kooij, Editor in Chief
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster Street
Gretna, Louisiana 70053-2246

All intern applicants from outside New Orleans must include a letter from their parent or guardian indicating they know the student is applying for an unpaid internship in New Orleans.

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