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ARTS & PUBLISHING NONPROFIT INTERNSHIPS: Writing & Editing InternshipBookmark This
New Oregon Arts & Letters
SE Sunnyside/ Hawthorne/ Belmont area
DescriptionABOUT THIS GIG
First things first: the writing & editing internship requires a minimum commitment of 10 hours a week for three months, or 15 hours a month for six months. Training and getting to know you takes a lot of energy and time on our part. NO FLAKES.
Great, that's out of the way. Writing and publishing require juggling multiple skill sets and constantly learning new information. Get up close in this internship! You'll be working with the editor of Plazm magazine and a related new website, plazm.org, and the director of New Oregon.
Founded by Portland artists in 1991, Plazm is an award-winning magazine of design, art, music, literature, and culture, beautifully printed on quality paper. Plazm publishes new and unknown talent alongside established folks like Iggy Pop, David Lynch, and Yoko Ono. The magazine is known for taking risks, including artistically unusual work, innovative writing, and political art.
Spring internship: begins Feb 15
Summer internship: begins in June/flexible dates
ABOUT NEW OREGON ARTS & LETTERS
New Oregon Arts & Letters creates and presents arts, literature, and media. Our programming encourages collaboration, supports interdisciplinary practices, and contextualizes creative culture. New Oregon Arts & Letters is committed to fostering innovation, integrity, and critical dialogue across a broad range of communities.
In other words, we like making cool stuff and experiences for (and with) our community.
We're the presenters of the New Oregon Interview Series and the proud new publisher of a 20-year-old design, art, and lit magazine called PLAZM. Other projects have included book arts, performance, and big-ass multidisciplinary shows and events.
We are an all-volunteer organization. We have no paid positions to offer. However, we do write pretty awesome recommendation letters for the deserving, and offer plenty of opportunities to boost your clips, CV, or portfolio.
We are currently building new websites for our organization (neworegon.org) and our publishing ventures (plazm.org). To find out more about Plazm magazine in the meantime, see plazm.com.
ResponsibilitiesYour responsibilities will depend on your existing skill set and stated goals. Most interns will: prepare articles for online publication; write reviews/previews of books, events, and the like; help manage meetings & schedules; and be responsible for incoming PR materials including CDs for review.
You must be able to:
- Take initiative
- Manage deadlines & schedules
- Wrangle details
- Have fun
- Get curious
- Come up with your own way of doing things
- But also follow instructions
- Deal with a chaotic home office environment
- Use the final serial comma, a.k.a. Oxford comma, and yeah it's fine if you have to go look that up
Going forward, your future career in writing, editing, or publishing will depend on having dorky computer skills and self promotion abilities as much as writing/editing chops. It's vexing but true.
So we ask that you have:
- Consistent access to a computer (laptop is easiest but not required)
- The ability to use a computer, and to find out stuff about your computer when needed
- Experience using the Internet
- A sense of fearlessness when it comes to digital adventuring
INTERNSHIP #1, Experienced Writers and Editors:
If you hope to start writing for our website or blog right off the bat, you must have experience writing about art, design, music, or other cultural phenomena. Include clips with your application (writing samples, preferably published such as in a college newspaper or on a blog). They can be in the form of a link in your introductory email, or attach PDF files. Do not send fiction or poetry.
INTERNSHIP #2, Not-So-Very-Experienced Would-Be Writers and Editors:
If you'd like to learn about writing, editing, and publishing, come to us with a razor-sharp mind and laser-focused sense of detail. In this case, you must have experience with one or more of the following:
- office organization and administration
- reaching out to strangers, introducing yourself, and asking them to help you get stuff done
- arts presenting/curating
- music/performance production
- running a small business
- online publishing tools or content management systems, including good ol' blog
- PR or community outreach
- nonprofit administration or fundraising
- advertising sales
- fetching coffee*
When writing your letter, just cut-n-paste the list of requirements above, and very briefly tell us how each item applies to you. Do not lie or puff yourself up. You and we are looking for a good match, not trying to impress each other.
Please look at the print magazine before you come in for an interview. You can browse it in Powell's, Reading Frenzy, and other fine PDX bookstores, or bookstores around the world, or buy one on plazm.com/store. Our web stuff is fine, but it doesn't get the impact across.
* This is a joke.