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Sales, Marketing, and Production Internships
Candlewick Press, a leading publisher of books for children, offers internships in the fall, spring and summer according to the needs of various departments. An independent publisher, we are a dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals who are eager to learn about the children’s publishing industry and be part of a high-energy, creative team. Internships are determined on a need basis so there is a chance the department may not need an intern each semester.

When feasible, the following internships are offered:

Sales - the ideal candidate will have a strong interest in book publishing and children’s books. Responsibilities include assisting staff with the following: distributing sales materials within the department, coordinating key mailings to independent bookstores and other accounts, preparing promotional materials for school and library accounts, assisting with online social media, researching accounts online, and assisting department members on new projects. Necessary skills include Microsoft Excel, Word, and Outlook; exceptional writing, communication, and organizational skills; and a positive attitude. Knowledge of and/or interest in book selling is a plus.

Marketing - Interns focus on one of three areas:
* Marketing Services – interns prepare marketing materials for the national sales force, coordinate mailings to the media, and work on a variety of ongoing projects

* School and Library Marketing - interns assist our school and library marketing team to coordinate timely mailings, including in-house programs (like Teen Buzz) and ALA award submissions (like the Newbery award); maintain various spreadsheets, including award submissions and reviews; update our website; fulfill desk copy requests; write newsletters; assist in various preparation for conventions

* Publicity - interns assist with media outreach and promotional events on behalf of books and authors, draft press materials, research awards and event venues, mail materials, assist with press clip maintenance and other general marketing duties.

* Production and Manufacturing - the ideal candidate would major in publishing or related area of study and have a desire to learn about printing, estimating and the art of book making. Responsibilities include assisting staff with the following: checking and circulating proofs and advance materials; organizing files; quoting and estimating; maintaining schedules; creating memos and correspondence; and maintaining the Candlewick archive. Necessary skills include Microsoft Excel, Word, Adobe and Outlook on a PC platform; exceptional writing, communication, and organizational skills; and a positive attitude. Knowledge of printing is a plus. The intern will learn about 1 and 4-color printing, bookmaking methods and terminology, the workflow of a publishing house and where production fits in the process.

The desired time commitment is typically about fourteen hours a week. Candidates must have excellent organizational skills as well as attention to detail. Our office is located at 99 Dover Street in Somerville, MA. These positions do not offer any monetary compensation, however in exchange, we offer an invaluable opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the publishing world and make important professional contacts. Internships can be used for college credit. Interested candidates should e-mail a résumé and cover letter specifying the position and semester of interest to the attention of the internship coordinator at Application deadlines for spring, summer, and fall semesters are December 5, April 5, and July 5 respectively.
To Apply: submit a resume and cover letter (noting salary requirements when applying for a full-time position) via e-mail to, referencing "Sales, Marketing, and Production Internships"
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