I’m hiring! Or, more specifically, I’m hiring a new intern to work with me 2.5 days a week through the fall. For the right person, this is a great opportunity (I’m biased, I know, but I’m not lying), BUT it’s an internship, meaning remuneration is in the form of an honorarium (plus attractive-to-employers skills; loads of contacts; a fun and fabulous time, etc.) and you ought to be a student to apply to qualify for exemption under ESA regulations.
If this is you (or if you know someone who fits this bill), read on:
Communications/Publishing Intern, Toronto
Becky Toyne | www.beckytoyne.com
Publicist, The Writers’ Trust of Canada | Books columnist, CBC Radio One | Contributing Editor, Open Book: Toronto | Event host & interviewer | Editorial Consultant
I am an independent books columnist, editor and publicist looking for an aspiring communications or publishing professional to work with me through the busy fall publishing season.
You will assist with the national publicity campaigns for: the Writers’ Trust Awards, including the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize; the $60,000 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction; and the Writers’ Trust Gala, an annual black-tie fundraiser in support of Canadian writers and writing.
Additional responsibilities will include providing some research and admin support for my work as a print and broadcast books columnist and literary event host, and for the day-to-day running of my independent business.
This is a part-time position. Previous interns have used this as an opportunity to work a part-time job, or to work two concurrent part-time internships in the publishing industry. You would benefit from one-on-one mentoring while working on the national publicity campaigns for some of Canada’s most prestigious literary awards. My former interns all had a great time, learned a lot, and went on to get good permanent jobs in the book biz.
- Research mailing lists and media contacts
- Compile and update media reports
- Assist in preparation, coordination and execution of press conferences
- Assist in preparation of press kits
- Assist with researching and writing press materials, as necessary (including media releases and advisories, photo captions etc.)
- Media outreach and follow-up, as necessary (with guidance)
- Media advisory mailings
- Assist with social media efforts
- Other duties as assigned
- Passion for books, reading, and to begin a career in arts communications or publishing
- Confident communicator with an eye for detail
- Excellent written communication skills
- Energetic self-starter able to work under own initiative
- Social media, HTML and WordPress savvy
Period of internship: 12 weeks. September 8 to November 26, 2015.
Hours: 2.5 days per week. This could be 5 half days every week, or 2 full days and 1 half day, or 2 days one week and 3 the next, etc. Schedule to be mutually agreed. Please note that in addition to the 2.5 days there would be some evening events (award ceremonies etc.).
Tools of the trade: Bring your own laptop, please.
Send cover letter and resumé to Becky Toyne at firstname.lastname@example.org by August 4, 2015.
Please write “Fall Intern” in the subject line.
Only those selected for interview will be contacted.