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Summer 2020 Paid Internships (Minneapolis)
Intern—Design (Minneapolis)
Intern—Marketing (Minneapolis)
Intern—Digital & Editorial (Minneapolis)
Free Spirit Intern
Redleaf Press Intern
Milkweed Editions Intern
Graywolf Press Intern
Coffee House Press Intern

Summer 2020 Paid Internships (Minneapolis)
1517 Media is a publishing house with four distinct publishing imprints that creates multimedia resources and distinctive books for Christian communities, scholars, and the general reader. Augsburg Fortress and Sparkhouse serve congregations by publishing engaging resources that foster faith and church life. Fortress Press and Beaming Books are the trade book imprints that publish compelling books that nourish the soul and help readers thrive — emotionally, socially and spiritually.

Our summer internship program is designed to launch young professionals into publishing careers with a comprehensive and well-rounded experience. This program helps interns develop and hone their work ethic, provides career training such as StrengthsFinder, and exposes them to both congregational publishing and trade book publishing.

1517 Media is hiring 12 interns for the following 2020 Summer positions:
• Editorial Intern
• Graphic Design Intern
• HR Intern
• IT Intern
• Marketing Intern
• Production Intern
• Publicity Intern

Desired education and experience:
• A minimum of 2–3 years of college coursework in education, English, religion, human resources, psychology or related fields
• Previous leadership experience

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities:
• Strong written and oral communication skills
• Strong attention to detail
• Ability to work on and prioritize multiple projects
• The ability to maintain confidentiality and perform in a highly professional manner
• The ability to work independently on assigned projects using good judgment and organizational skills
• Proven history of producing error-free work using current computer software
• A commitment to establishing and maintaining positive working relationships with co-workers, employees, contacts and other vendors
• An aptitude for creativity and conceptualization

This is a 12-week internship. Anticipated dates of the internship are Monday, June 1 – Friday, August 21. The pay for this internship is $12/hour, and it is a 40-hour work week during normal business hours.

Applications will be reviewed & phone interviews scheduled upon receipt. The in-person interview process may begin mid-December.

Please include a cover letter and list of references with your resume and application. Apply by clicking here.

1517 Media strives to create an environment of inclusiveness, equity, and respect for all regardless of ability, age, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, nation of origin, race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status. The 1517 Media paid internship program is robust and includes an exciting and fun company culture, paid time off, and no-cost gym access in the 510 Marquette fitness center! The beautiful corporate headquarters hosts 85 employees and is located in downtown Minneapolis with adjacent access to light rail and Metro Transit bus lines, as well as skyway access to restaurants, banks, and shopping centers.

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Intern—Design (Minneapolis)
Assist Creative department with various aspects of book design and production, while gaining hands-on experience, skills, and knowledge of the publishing process.

Lerner Publishing Group is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Intern—Marketing (Minneapolis)
Summary: Assist Marketing team with various projects while gaining hands-on experience in the publishing industry.

Lerner Publishing Group is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Intern—Digital & Editorial (Minneapolis)
Title: Intern (Digital & Editorial)
Department: Digital & Editorial
Supervisor: Assoc. Digital Product Manager
Summary: Assist Digital and Editorial teams with various projects while gaining hands-on experience in the publishing industry.

Lerner Publishing Group is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

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Free Spirit Intern
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, succeed in life, and make a difference in the world. Our publishing house is located in Golden Valley, Minnesota. We publish twenty to twenty-five books annually in the categories of Early Childhood, Bullying & Conflict Resolution, Gifted Education, Character Education & Service Learning, and Teacher Resources and Professional Development.

Free Spirit offers one unpaid publishing internship per season, which combines experiences in the editorial, sales, and marketing departments. Please see our website for additional details: An internship at Free Spirit will introduce you to all aspects of a small business and educational publishing. It will provide you with the opportunity to work directly with the owner of the company, department directors, and key staff. The Free Spirit internship will give you skills that can transfer to larger publishing houses and careers outside of publishing. Internship hours are flexible, averaging 10–15 hours per week. At the completion of the internship, interns receive a small stipend. CEU credits may be obtained through the internship.

We accept résumés year round. However, please note in the application which internship season you are applying for and follow these application deadlines:
• Winter/Spring internships: Résumés accepted through December 31.
• Summer internships: Résumés accepted through May 15.
• Fall internships: Résumés accepted through August 15.

To apply for the internship program please send:
• A cover letter explaining why you’re applying for the internship, along with your preferred start date
• A résumé outlining your education and work experience
• A letter of recommendation from an academic advisor, college professor, or employer familiar with you and your work
• Additional documents: a writing sample 1–5 pages

Mail or email materials to Free Spirit Publishing Internship Program, Human Resources, 6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 100, Golden Valley, MN 55427;

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Redleaf Press Intern
Redleaf Press, a nationally known publisher of books for early childhood professionals located in St. Paul, Minnesota, is accepting applications for unpaid internship positions during the fall and spring semesters and for summer. The publishing internship program is designed to expose participants to all areas of book publishing, but with an emphasis on editorial, production, and design.

Qualifications, Knowledge, Skills, and Experience
Qualified candidates will be a junior or senior enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program in English, journalism, liberal arts, early childhood education, or a related field. Strong writing, communication, organizational, and time-management skills are necessary. The ability to act professionally in a professional environment is required, as is the ability to multitask and to meet deadlines. Excellent computer skills, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, are desired. Familiarity with the Macintosh platform is a plus.

Essential Job Functions
1. Assist in the development of the annual publishing lists by logging, reading, and evaluating selected project proposals and manuscripts; create summaries for the acquisitions/development editor for unsolicited proposals and manuscripts.
2. Opportunities to assist in proofreading and fact-checking manuscripts.
3. Help identify potential authors by researching journals, online articles, and conference programs based on direction from acquisitions/development editor and editor-in-chief.
4. Contact academic and peer reviewers to review materials; process feedback.
5. Assist in the preparation of final manuscripts for transmittal to production.
6. Provide quality checks on epub files.
7. Participate in interior design and cover design reviews.
8. Provide editorial administrative support, including generating new boilerplate contracts and agreements for freelance writers, freelance editors, and authors; maintaining files and records; updating databases and doing general word processing; corresponding as directed; making travel arrangements; and requisitioning payments for advances and other related expenses.

To apply, submit the following electronically:
• a cover letter explaining your interest in the internship and your career goals
• a résumé outlining your education and work experience
• a writing sample
• a letter of recommendation from an academic advisor, college professor, or employer familiar with you and your work

Send materials to

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Milkweed Editions Intern
Are you interested in publishing? Milkweed Editions provides ongoing unpaid internship opportunities designed to meet the needs of the press, while giving interns the chance to learn about various aspects of work in a nonprofit publishing house. Internships are available in our offices in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Milkweed Editions provides a wonderful opportunity for hands-on experience in the publishing field. Interns acquire valuable knowledge of the operation of a small, nonprofit literary press, and of the publishing process as a whole.

Application Deadlines:
March 15: Summer session
July 15: Fall session
November 15: Spring session

For more information, please visit .

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Graywolf Press Intern
Graywolf Press offers ongoing unpaid internships designed to expose qualified applicants to editorial and marketing work and other aspects of the publishing industry. Graywolf is a small, nonprofit literary press dedicated to the creation and promotion of thoughtful and imaginative contemporary literature essential to a vital and diverse culture. The typical internship requires a commitment of fifteen to twenty-five hours per week for a period of four months. The internship must be scheduled during operating hours, 9:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and usually operates around the academic calendar.

For more information about internship opportunities at Graywolf Press, please go to

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Coffee House Press Intern
Coffee House Press is a nationally known and renowned nonprofit publishing house located in Northeast Minneapolis. We publish annually sixteen to twenty books: novels, short stories, poetry, and literary essays.

An internship at Coffee House Press will introduce you to all aspects of a small literary publisher, and will give you skills that can also easily transfer to larger publishing houses and other careers, both in the arts and elsewhere.

For more information about internship opportunities at Coffee House Press, please go to

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