Puget Sound English Department

August 21, 2011

Back to school…and work?

UPDATED 8/27: New deadline of September 26 for applications!

We hope you’ve all had a wonderful, restful, and/or productive summer! Just in time for the beginning of classes, word of an exciting internship opportunity that several of our former students have experienced. The internship is unpaid; if you are interested in receiving course credit, please contact Professor Mahato (mmahato@pugetsound.edu) or Professor Christoph (jchristoph@pugetsound.edu).

Oh, and welcome back!

Seattle Metropolitan is seeking smart and outgoing interns for our editorial department, located in Seattle, Washington. We are now accepting applications for our fall internship program (start: September, end: February) in the following beats, or areas of concentration: Food and Drink, the Arts, Mudroom, SEO, Multimedia, and Style/Bridal.

Learn firsthand how an award-winning magazine and website are put together. Editorial interns are responsible for fact-checking; primary research and reporting for food and drink and arts blogs; editing blog posts for typos, bad links, and for optimized positioning in web searches; writing event and business listings; participating in team brainstorms; assisting editors in conceptualizing and/or executing features such as Best Doctors and multimedia projects such as slideshows, audio, and/or video content; and assisting with some administrative tasks. Editorial interns focusing on seattlemet.com are responsible for uploading magazine content to our website using our content management system and editing blogs for SEO.

Interns are expected to work closely with the respective editors of their beat and must be willing to pitch in where needed in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment. Interns who shine at the simpler tasks will have the opportunity to work on larger projects, such as contributing to features and writing departments. We want our interns to walk away with strong clips that they have earned.

The position requires a minimum of 20 hours a week in 4- to 5-hour stints between the hours of 8:30am and 5:30pm weekdays.

The ideal candidate is eager, independent, and wants to learn. Candidates should be working toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the liberal arts, especially journalism, English literature, publishing, or creative writing; graduates are also accepted. Successful candidates commonly have previous editorial experience at school magazines, newspapers, or journals; strong interest in magazine writing; good phone and research skills; and the ability to juggle several assignments at once. Interns must be located in the Seattle area during the internship. Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, and content management systems is helpful but not required. Digital photography and/or video experience is helpful but not required.

Unpaid; students may take the internship for college credit. And, ahem, you will learn firsthand how an award-winning magazine and website are put together.

Application deadline for internships beginning in September is Monday, August 29, 2011 now 9/26/11. We accept applications on a rolling basis for all terms (winter, spring, summer, fall).

Send a cover letter, resume, three references, three writing samples (if you don’t have clips, write an event listing or a post for one of our blogs) and any photographs or audio/video reels to:

Ariana Dawes, Managing Editor
Seattle Met magazine
1201 Western Ave, Suite 425
Seattle, WA 98101
edit_intern at seattlemet.com

If you email your application, make sure the word “Internship” appears in the subject line or your message may not reach its destination.

No phone calls, please.

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