Description of the role
The Mantle is looking for two unpaid, part-time interns. Expected commitment is 10 hours per week. Interns will operate remotely until we settle into an office.
Interns for our imprint will work closely with The Mantle’s editor-in-chief and publisher to execute publicity and marketing plans for current and forthcoming releases. Interns for our magazine will work closely with The Mantle’s managing editor, learning the inner workings of an online magazine, and eventually taking on projects of their own.
We are a small, scrappy startup. That means there’s a lot of work to be done by editors and interns alike on the nuts and bolts of our operation—everything from updating databases to running social media to writing original content. The work you’ll do with The Mantle may not always be sexy and worthy of an Instagram post, but trust that the work will be meaningful in shoring up the foundation of our publishing enterprise. We also want to make sure the internship is valuable to you, so we will try to cater to your interests and strengths.
Intern responsibilities include:
- Researching to update current databases
- Assisting with social media promotion
- Creating and executing marketing/publicity plans for new releases
- Writing pitch letters and press releases
- Conducting media outreach in advance of events
- Compiling press and media kits for new releases
- Preparing award applications
- Assisting the editors with day to day tasks
- Writing for the online magazine
- Researching to update current writer databases
- Assisting with social media accounts
- Collecting art for upcoming essays
- Researching to update our cross-posting databases
- Writing for the magazine
- Basic editing for the magazine
- Daily tasks to assist the editors
- Special projects as they arise
Length of internship
Internships are available year-round. Internships generally last three months, but we are flexible and take your schedule into consideration.
The usual stuff: attention to detail, strong communication skills, solid writing and research skills, ability to work independently, ability to juggle multiple projects and to meet deadlines, a self-starter attitude, and a penchant for creativity and innovation.
Our team manages tasks using Trello, so you’ll need to learn this platform (don’t worry—it’s easy!).
Location in NYC is not necessary, but is preferred.
We are unable to pay. We can offer course credit where possible.
How to Apply
Send a resume and cover letter outlining your interest to shaun [at] themantle.net (Shaun Randol). Please include links to any published pieces or personal writing, as well as appropriate social media handles (e.g., Twitter, Instagram).