Tin House periodically hires interns for the Books division. During the six-month internship, interns get an inside look at the daily happenings of an independent publishing house, and help with production-related projects, attend staff and department meetings, and develop industry-specific skills. While the majority of time will be spent working in one department, interns will get to know staff members company-wide and have informational meetings with each department.
Interns will receive $15.00/hour, as well as finished copies of books published during their internship.
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I-9 Employee Eligibility Verification is required. Tin House is committed to providing a learning experience and avenue into publishing for those who identify as part of historically underrepresented groups in the industry, and we welcome and value a wide array of talents and perspectives. People of color, and veteran, immigrant, refugee, disabled, and LGBTQI+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. People who have previously interned at Tin House, in any division, are not eligible to apply.
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Tin House seeks applicants with a passion for contemporary literature and discerning taste in fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Candidates should have an interest in learning about the editorial role at an independent publishing house. The intern will work directly with the Tin House editorial team and experience the full production process of a book, from start to finish.
- Take part in production-related projects for forthcoming titles. This includes assistance with copyediting and proofreading, per Chicago Manual of Style and Tin House's in-house style guide.
- Prior familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style is a plus, though not required.
- Read and provide feedback on agented manuscript submissions.
- Assist with light, assorted administrative duties.
This internship is remote. The editorial intern works 10-15 hours per week between 9 AM and 5 PM PST on Monday through Friday, at a requested commitment of 6 months. Interns will receive $15.00/hour, as well as finished copies of books published during their internship.
The internship will begin in late August or early September, with a specific start date to be agreed upon in conjunction with the intern.
Critical reading skills, careful attention to detail, and a love for literature. Must work well independently and collaboratively, and budget time and multiple projects efficiently. A love for tea and/or coffee is a plus.
We will be accepting applications through the Submittable link below from 12:01 AM PST on Monday, July 17 – 11:59 PM PST on Sunday, July 23.
- A cover letter explaining how you believe your taste and interests might complement and supplement those of the editors at Tin House.
- A write-up of a recently published book that you had mixed feelings about (it doesn’t need to be a Tin House book, though it’s also fine if it is . . . entirely up to you.) Please write 3-4 paragraphs (no more than two pages) that demonstrate enthusiasm for what you loved about the book, and clear thinking about your reservations and suggested changes.
- A detailed resume.
Tin House seeks design applicants with a love of reading and a passion for book and publication design. Candidates should have strong print production skills and an interest in learning about the production process at an independent publishing house. The intern will work directly with the art director and senior designer.
- Assist with all phases of print production for Tin House, including styling typography, creating and revising InDesign layouts, editing photographs, creating spot art, and participating in weekly production meetings
- Design and/or update print and web collateral including schedules and itineraries
- Support Publicity through design of print and web advertising including newsletters via Mailchimp and banners and graphics for social media
- Brainstorm and assist in the creation of targeted promotional pieces including postcards and specialty influencer packages
- Offer design ideas for book covers and interiors
- Perform light assorted administrative duties including file prep for ebooks, scanning, archiving, and filing of completed projects
This internship is based in Portland, OR office and cannot be done remotely.* We request that individuals be available to work 8–10 hours per week at a requested commitment of 6 months.
*Due to COVID-19, this requirement will be adjusted until it is safe to re-open the office.
Must be proficient in Adobe InDesign and have some working experience / expertise in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. A familiarity with contemporary literature is helpful but not necessary. Other desirable qualities include a strong attention to detail and the ability to stay organized and to communicate precisely and effectively. Must work well independently and collaboratively, and budget time and multiple projects efficiently.
- Deadlines will be posted on our website and on social media when applications reopen
- A cover letter explaining why you’re applying to Tin House and this position, specifically
- A detailed resume and portfolio