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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 to polish communication talents in an intimate, supervised atmosphere.

Supervised by the production manager, this position allows interns to apply their specialized design and layout abilities to assist in the process of transforming manuscripts into books through the use of professional computer programs.

Position Description:
It is the responsibility of the production department to produce quality, marketable books, advertisements, and supplementary materials in an efficient, cost-effective manner. Materials are transformed via traditional book design and computer software-generated pages. The art director oversees the design of the book covers with input from the author and the rest of the Pelican staff.

The intern will be responsible for keeping timesheets covering how they spend their day and writing a weekly report covering completed tasks, things learned, and accomplishments. This will aid in the writing of an exit report, which will summarize all aspects of the internship. Interns will also be invited to attend weekly production meetings and are able to attend other department's meetings. Interns are encouraged to regularly visit bookstores to specifically look at books, book covers, and how they relate to the title.

Representative Production Tasks:
Research: Internet research for stock photography
Image manipulation: Scan and retouch images
Typesetting: Assist with children's books
Reprint Updates: Update pages and copyright information for reprints
Design: Using existing formats, layout and design new author posters, routing proofs, preparing final product; designing covers for print on demand books.
Indexing and Layout: As needed; help with layout and design of new materials, following established styles.
Office Work: Limited filing and other clerical tasks as needed.
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: Required Skills:
* Thorough knowledge with required software applications (see below)
* An interest in design and publications
* Detail oriented, resourceful, self-motivated, and team oriented
* Have strong organizational and interpersonal skills
* Be able to work in a fast-paces, deadline driven environment
* Be able to work independently
* Reliability and punctuality
* Internet research skills

The ideal candidate will have two years of college courses and be working toward a degree in a related field or an equivalent background.

Thorough Working Knowledge of the Following Software Applications:
* InDesign
* QuarkXPress
* Photoshop
* Acrobat
* Illustrator
* Microsoft Word
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 sample design work to:
Antoinette de Alteriis
Promotion Director/Intern Coordinator
Pelican Publishing Company
1000 Burmaster St 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.

When sending materials by e-mail, all attachments should be named with your last name first and numbered. For example Smith1.pdf, Smith2.pdf. The e-mail should also state how many attachments you are sending.
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