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MBPR 2017 Internship Fair

March 28, 2017 - 05:30 PM
Open Book (Target Performance Hall), 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis
Member price: FREE, but please register using the Eventbrite form below
Non-member price: FREE, but please register using the Eventbrite form below

Event Description

Are you looking for an opportunity to learn more about publishing? Spend a semester or your summer break as an intern for one of the many book or magazine publishers in the Twin Cities! Join the Minnesota Book Publishers' Roundtable for a 2017 internship fair, where publishers will be on-site to answer your questions, take resumes, and discuss the opportunities available at their companies.

The informational interview portion of the fair will go from 5:30-7:00 pm; additional networking will last from 7:00-7:30 pm. We will have handouts with information on all participating companies. Bring copies of your resume and be prepared to give brief informational interviews.

Parking Information
There is a small side lot next to the Open Book building (just past the building on the right as you are heading east on Washington; for those heading west, turn on 10th or 11th and go down the alley to access the lot). If the Open Book lot is full, other options are:
  • Meters along 10th and 11th; most cost $1.00/hour
  • Guthrie ramp. Enter on 9th Avenue (between Washington and 2nd Street South).
  • Municipal parking ramp across from the Mill City Museum (this is a longer walk because it is a block farther away and the entrance is on 2nd Street South).

PARTICIPATING COMPANIES


Coffee House Press
Coffee House Press is an internationally renowned independent book publisher and arts nonprofit based in Minneapolis, MN; through their literary publications and Books in Action program, CHP acts as a catalyst and connector—between authors and readers, ideas and resources, creativity and community, inspiration and action.
Internships offered: An publishing internship at Coffee House Press will introduce you to all aspects of a small literary publisher. Skills gained in publicity, marketing, editorial, development, and administration can also easily transfer to larger publishing houses and other careers, both in the arts and elsewhere.
Compensation: $1200 stipend

Elva Resa Publishing
Elva Resa is the nation’s leading independent publisher of books for and about military families. Our award-winning primary imprint specializes in resources for military family members of all ages, covering topics like deployment, moving, careers, and education in a mobile lifestyle. Our authors lead military family events at US bases around the world. Our online store, MilitaryFamilyBooks.com, distributes military family books from a variety of publishers, as a reseller to individuals and a bulk wholesaler to government purchasers.
Internships offered: We have part-time internships available, both paid and unpaid, depending on skills and experience. Flexible hours, virtual and in-office, with at least one morning/week in our Woodbury editorial office. All interns work on real projects, which vary by season and year. Examples include writing magazine/website articles and press releases; developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading manuscripts; designing books and related resources; writing/designing marketing materials; managing social media and marketing/PR campaigns (radio, print, video, online, ecommerce); supporting author events and related marketing; pick/pack/shipping orders and learning more about the business side of publishing.
Compensation: We have both paid and unpaid internships, depending on intern’s skills/experience and ability to lead projects, as well as intern’s goals. We mutually decide on projects/areas of interest, level of guidance/education, and work schedule/payment.

Exile Press
Exile Press is an award-winning publisher of children’s literature, poetry and language acquisition materials, such as Teddy’s Day, Letters, Idiom Attack, and As much as a Rat’s Tail. Established in 2005 by CEO, Peter N. Liptak, Exile Press has offices in the US and Seoul, Korea and is dedicated to what we can learn from beyond borders, to culture in communication and to what we may discover in the complex beauty of the English language and the cultural diaspora of the global village. Our specialties include language acquisition, art & poetry, and children's early readers.
Internships offered: Graphic design intern, social media & marketing intern, other options
Compensation: Unpaid

Free Spirit
Free Spirit Publishing is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and educational needs. We help children and teens think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world.
Internships offered: Publishing internship that focuses on editorial, sales, and marketing work in an entrepreneurial environment. Internship may also expose interns to a range of other areas of publishing, including production, design, and publicity.
Compensation: Unpaid. Interns receive small transportation stipend upon completion. CEU credits may be obtained.

ImageSmythe
David Farr is ImageSmythe’s principal of Graphic Design, Print, & eBook production. He brings more than 30 years of publishing experience to ImageSmythe, working in print or pixels to develop books, magazines, websites, ebooks, interactive graphics, and applications. He founded ImageSmythe in 1986 to provide publishing services for the advertising, direct mail, magazine, and book publishing fields. An Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Lightroom expert who has worked with these programs and many more, he has taught the Adobe Creative Suite and Creative Cloud applications to over 2,000 students and clients during the past twenty five years.
Please note: David is not hiring interns for summer 2017, but will be at the MBPR Internship Fair offering advice and resume critiques for those who are interested in pursuing a career in the publishing industry. Stop by his table to chat!

Lerner Publishing Group
The Lerner Publishing Group specializes in creating high-quality nonfiction and fiction titles for children and teens. With our nine imprints, we publish a diverse list of products ranging from illustrated picture books to photo-driven nonfiction titles to novels for both the school/library and trade markets.
Internships offered: We hire interns in our digital, editorial, and marketing departments.
Compensation: $9 per hour.

Mighty Media Press
Mighty Media, Inc., is an award-winning creative communications company that specializes in content development, print design, book packaging, and integrated digital product.
Internships offered: Editorial, Design
Compensation: Stipend and/or college credit/hourly wage, depending on qualifications

Milkweed Editions
Milkweed Editions is an independent book publisher based out of Open Book in Minneapolis. We take risks on debut and experimental writers, we invest significant time and care in the editorial process, and we enable dynamic engagement between authors and readers. We believe that literature has the potential to change the way we see the world, and that bringing new voices to essential conversations is the clearest path to ensuring a vibrant, diverse, and empowered future. Learn more: milkweed.org/our-story
Internships offered: Milkweed Editions offers a four-month intensive introduction to independent book publishing. Over the course of the session, interns will assist with projects from all areas of our operation, including editorial, publicity, marketing, online and community engagement, and development (nonprofit fundraising). We try to tailor project assignments to individual interests as much as possible, but please keep in mind that one goal of the internship is for participants to develop an understanding of how each department functions within the context of the others. The comprehensive approach of our program—working behind the scenes with books from the pre-acquisition stages through to the final point of sale—offers both breadth and depth of experience and introduces interns to a wide range of career trajectories across the industry. Learn more: milkweed.org/internships
Compensation: Positions are unpaid, but we offer free books, mentorship, and a range of professional development opportunities. We also offer a small parking/transportation stipend.

Minnesota Historical Society Press
The Minnesota Historical Society Press is a leading publisher of the history and culture of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. We publish in the areas of Native American studies, nature and environment, the arts and popular culture, food, adventure and travel, true crime, war and conflict, women's history, Scandinavian studies, and the histories of Minnesota's diverse peoples. In addition to book publications, MNHS Press produces the Minnesota History journal and the free, digital encyclopedia, MNopedia.
Internships offered: Editorial internships to support the editors of our books and journal. We also offer editing and writing opportunities through our online encyclopedia, MNopedia. Design/production internships offer opportunity for basic book design work, marketing support, and production assistance.
Compensation: Unpaid; occasionally a small stipend.

North Star Editions
North Star Editions is a MN-based publishing company dedicated to guiding readers toward a lifetime love of reading. North Star Editions manages two imprints Flux (YA Fiction) and Jolly Fish Press (Middle Grade Fiction).
Internships offered: Editorial internships (acquisition readers, editorial interns, etc.); marketing internships
Internships offered: Varies
Compensation: Stipend and/or college credit/hourly wage, depending on qualifications

Paradigm Education Solutions
Paradigm Education Solutions publishes textbooks on computer technology and health careers at the college level along with advanced digital solutions for today’s classrooms.
Internships offered: Editorial
Compensation: Hourly wage

Prototype Career Services
More information to come.

Red Bird Chapbooks
Red Bird Chapbooks is a non-profit publisher of quality chapbooks, broadsides and pamphlets.
Internships offered: We offer a publishing internship which introduces interns to a wide range of considerations for small press publishers from editorial to artistic to administrative concerns. A description of our internship role is available on our website: www.redbirdchapbooks.com/content/ways-get-involved-red-bird.
Compensation: Unpaid

Red Line Editorial
Red Line Editorial creates high-quality books for publishers on a variety of subjects. Most of our books are nonfiction titles created for students in grades K–12, but we also work in a number of other genres. Red Line Editorial is known for the high quality of the work we produce.
Internships Offered: Editorial internship, design internship
Compensation: Hourly

Redleaf Press
Redleaf Press is a nationally known nonprofit publisher of books for early childhood professionals. Our educational and instructional publications improve the lives of children by strengthening and supporting the teachers, trainers, and families who care for them.
Internships offered: The publishing internship program is designed to expose participants to all areas of book publishing. We offer internships that emphasize editorial, production, or design skills.
Compensation: Unpaid; college credits can be earned

Red Sofa Literary Agency
Red Sofa Literary is a boutique literary agency originally established in St. Paul/Minneapolis.
Internships offered: Social Media/Marketing; General Publishing experience
Compensation: Volunteer - only request 2 to 3 hours/week

Storm Literary Agency
Boutique Literary Agency representing Quality Children's Literature From Exceptional Authors and Illustrators
Internships offered: Screen queries & submissions, Read/edit manuscripts
Compensation: Volunteer and stipend

The Quarto Group
The Quarto Group is a leading, global illustrated book publisher that sells adult trade and children’s books all around the world (45 countries and 35 languages). Quarto has a Minneapolis office, home to four imprints: Burgess Lea Press (cooking), Cool Springs Press (gardening and home improvement), Motorbooks (transportation), and Voyageur Press (beer and spirits, cooking, music, popular science, and self-sufficiency). We love making books that educate, entertain, and enrich our readers!
Internships offered/compensation: Quarto hires interns in our editorial, marketing, and design departments for college credit.

The Loft Literary Center:
The Loft advances the artistic development of writers, fosters a thriving literary community, and inspires a passion for literature.
Internships offered/compensation: The Loft offers several different internships: marketing & communications, program & events, development, and Poetry Out Loud.
Compensation: Interns are paid a flat stipend of $1,000.

Uncivilized Books/ODOD
More information to come.

Keep checking back for updates on participating companies!

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