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Announcement :: Education
South End Press Seeks Fall Interns
18 Jul 2007

We are a nonprofit, collectively run book publisher with more than 250 titles in print. Since our founding in 1977, we have tried to meet the needs of readers who are exploring, or are already committed to, the politics of radical social change.
Since our founding in 1977, South End Press has tried to meet the needs of readers who are exploring, or are already committed to, the politics of radical social change. Our goal is to publish books that encourage critical thinking and constructive action on the key political, cultural, social, economic, and ecological issues shaping life in the United States and in the world. In this way, we hope to provide a forum for a wide variety of democratic social movements, and provide an alternative to the products of corporate publishing.

From its inception, the Press organized itself as an egalitarian collective with decision-making arranged to share the rewards and stresses of running the business as equally as possible. Each collective member is responsible for core editorial and business tasks, and all collective members earn the same salary. The Press also has made a practice of inverting the pervasive racial and gender hierarchies in traditional publishing houses; our staff has had a female majority since the mid-1980s, and has included at least 50 percent people of color since the mid-1990s. This diversity is reflected in our author list, which includes, Arundhati Roy, bell hooks, Winona LaDuke, Noam Chomsky, Cherrie Moraga, Manning Marable, Ward Churchill, and Howard Zinn.

South End Press publishes twelve books annually in a variety activist and political fields including history, law, current events, African American, Native American, Asian American, Latin American, and Latino Studies, ecology, economics, immigration, gay and lesbian issues, and women's studies.

The primary purpose of the South End Press internship program is to provide the intern with experience in a balanced diversity of publishing tasks from clerical work to editorial decision-making. Interns participate in the bi-monthly editorial meetings of the SEP collective. In preparation for these meetings they are expected to read manuscripts submissions and organize their opinions of these works. Interns maintain the manuscript submissions database, draft correspondence regarding editorial submissions, and research content and marketing aspects of book proposals and contracted books.

There is flexibility in the structuring of other aspects of the internship. Both the intern's interests and the needs of the collective are considered. Interns provide support on routine responsibilities such as data entry, phone and email reception, and filing. Often interns also take responsibility for other aspects of promotional campaigns or book production. Writing experience, organizational and office management skills, and familiarity with various computer systems would be needed for these tasks. South End Press is organized as a worker's collective where drudgery and creativity are shared as equally as possible. Our work environment is supportive and friendly, if at times stressful. Good communication skills and initiative are important for a successful internship at South End Press.

Depending on our organizational needs and an intern’s previous work experience, an intern may work in our promotions, production, finances, or acquisitions departments. In the past, interns have reviewed submissions for publication, conducted marketing research, devised community outreach strategies, proofread, researched, fact checked manuscripts, and assisted editors on special projects.

Candidates should have some interest and experience in one or more of these areas in which we publish. Candidates interested in a specific business area (promotions, production, finances, editorial) should state their interest and share any relevant previous experience. Please also highlight any special talents in book-related areas including graphic design and bookstore experience and include background on your political and activist involvement.

Internships require a commitment to a minimum of 16 hours per week for a three-month period or full-time for one month. South End Press accepts applications from prospective interns on a rolling basis. We regret that we cannot pay a stipend to interns, although we can reimburse interns for their use of public transportation to the office from within the Boston metro area (the Press is located in Central Square on the Red Line in Cambridge, MA). We are happy to fulfill any role necessary to facilitate academic credit for the internship. Interns also have the opportunity to participate in weekly supervision meetings and to discuss the many facets of independent publishing with any and all collective members.

Interested in applying?
Please email or send cover letter, resumé, and three references with email contact information to

Asha Tall
South End Press
7 Brookline Street, Suite 1
Cambridge, MA 02139

asha (at)
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