Yesterday it was brought to my attention that I need to be on the lookout for summer internships. I know, it’s only February, but some of my friends have already had interviews for jobs that won’t start until May/June. But I’m torn. As someone with six internships under my belt, I feel like I’m ready for a real-world job. But then again, as a grad student, will there be time?
I suppose there are other options. Freelance work, for example. Simon & Schuster are looking for freelancers to code and quality check their eBooks, so as long as you know XHTML and CSS you’re fine. Most publishing houses also seek out freelance copyreaders who are up to date on the latest Chicago Manuel of Style and Merriam-Webster’s dictionary.
And there’s also the occasional paid internship. They are elusive, but out there. I’ve found one or two literary agencies willing to pay a “nominal fee,” whatever that means, and when I worked at LIFE last semester I was paid New York’s minimum wage (which happens to be 75 cents less than California’s).
If there’s anyone else out there like me looking for internships or jobs in the publishing field, then I recommend checking out BookJobs.com. Most of the jobs are in New York, but there are a handful in other states (mainly California and Texas) and a few in other countries (I just saw one for Vietnam). Good luck!