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5220 Dexter Ann Arbor Rd.
Ann Arbor, MI, 48103
United States

Dzanc Books is nonprofit press specializing in literary fiction and nonfiction. In addition to publishing activities, Dzanc Books also supports the Disquiet International Literary Program.

Internships

Internship Opportunities

The Dzanc Books internship program provides the opportunity for literature enthusiasts, under- and graduate students, and others to get hands-on experience working with a premier independent press.  Interns will learn from publishing from Dzanc staff, authors, and knowledgeable guests while helping advance the press's mission.

We run three twelve-week internship sessions per year: February - April, June - August, and September - November. All internships are long-distance and unpaid.

Dzanc Books is a unique nonprofit press with a large list of remarkable authors and dozens of charitable programs involving literacy and writing, and provides a great opportunity to experience publishing firsthand. Interns will gain invaluable insight into the running of an independent, nonprofit literary press and the publishing business in total.

Editorial Interns

Editorial interns will work closely with each other and members of Dzanc's editorial staff. While assisting on a wide range of projects, interns will gain hands-on experience and training in most aspects of editorial work, while also gaining a good understanding of nonprofit literary publishing.

Interns' responsibilities will include:
• A commitment to work fifteen to twenty-five hours per week.
• Reading, evaluating, and reporting on fiction and nonfiction submissions.
• Copy editing forthcoming Dzanc projects and proofreading e-books.
• Seeking out promising new authors by reading print and online journals, blogs, etc.
• Working on special projects as needed.

Qualified candidates will have:
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• The ability to work independently.
• Computer literacy.
• Undergraduate experience in English or a related field.
• Knowledge about and passion for the contemporary publishing industry (preferred).
• Knowledge of contemporary literature, including Dzanc titles (preferred).

Marketing Interns - New opportunity

Marketing interns will assist the Editor-in-Chief and the Marketing and Publicity Director with Dzanc's promotion and sales efforts. Ideal candidates will be inventive, hard working, web-savvy, and full of creative ways to market our titles. While assisting on a wide range of projects, interns will gain hands-on experience and training in all aspects of book marketing, while also gaining a good understanding of nonprofit literary publishing.

Interns' responsibilities will include:
• A commitment to work fifteen to twenty-five hours per week.
• Assisting with tracking, formatting and archiving of book reviews and other media.
• Assissting with promotional initiatives on social media.
• Assisting in the production of advertisements, press releases, and promotional materials.
• Helping editors identify marketing niches and promotion opportunities for each title.

Necessary Skills and Qualifications: 
• Self-motivated, detail-oriented individual with excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills.
• Skill in coordinating and completing both special projects, and routine tasks.
• Excellent computer skills with experience in Microsoft Office and database management.
• Ability to work independently and with others.
• Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
• Ability to work well under pressure and with deadlines.
• A passion for publishing and a knowledge of contemporary literature and Dzanc titles (preferred).

Apply

Email a cover letter explaining your interest in obtaining a Dzanc Internship, and which specific internship you are interested in, along with your resume (attached MS Word Document) and the name and email addresses of at least two references that we can contact. Send email to michelle@dzancbooks.org.