Assistant to Writer, Editor, Artist -- original position closed -- MAGAZINE internship now availableBookmark This
SE / Hawthorne / Belmont
DescriptionPosition has been filled. Contact me at magdalen23 at gmail in April 2014 if interested in the next round.
Also: I may lead up an intern/volunteer team for Plazm magazine/plazm.org in winter; email me your resume only after you've read our print magazine & done online research on us. For Plazm position, computer/online skills and detail orientation are essential.
Tiffany Lee Brown is an editor of Plazm magazine and director of New Oregon Arts & Letters. Tiffany's writing has appeared in UTNE, Bookforum, Oregon Humanities, Tin House, Bust, Wired, and The Oregonian, and in literary journals and anthologies such as Gargoyle, Northwest Edge, and The Bust Guide to the New Girl Order. She also wrote a book of prose poetry, "A Compendium of Miniatures" (2007, 2GQ/Tiger Food Press).
Combining performance, installation, and writing, Miss Brown's interdisciplinary art works have been presented locally by Performance Works NW, Reed College Cooley Gallery, and the JAW Festival at Portland Center Stage, among others.
She applies her creative and strategic knowledge to business clients as well. Creative Director of an Internet nonprofit in West Africa, she was also Senior Writer for the New York City offices of interactive agency Organic, where she was founding editor of the musician Sting's first website. Working freelance, her clients have included Nike, the Pacific Northwest College of Art, New Line Cinemas, and Laika.
Tiffany holds BA and MFA degrees, and has studied at the University of California, Berkeley; Goddard College; and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She has received grants and residencies from RACC (Regional Arts & Culture Council), the City of Portland, Caldera Arts, Soapstone, and Hypatia, and serves on the Selection Committee for the Visual Arts Chronicle of Portland.
Miss Brown is occasionally adjunct faculty in the Master of Humanities program at Prescott College. Follow her exploits at magdalen.com (which at this time, Oct 2013, is kinda under construction! Sorry about that.).
This position will combine elements of Office Assistant, Personal Assistant, and possibly Social Media or Editorial Assistant, dependent upon your experience and progress.
This internship combines Minimum commitment: 20 hours/month for six months. Some of your work can be done on your own schedule, from home.
Note: For those who haven't done this whole interviewing for a job/internship thing before, here's some advice: get to know my work before you apply. Get a copy of Plazm magazine to start with (Powell's & other locations in Portland; current & back issues at www.plazm.com/store). Check out plazm.org, magdalen.com, do some Googling. If you're in Portland, drop by Reed College and see my current installation. Hundreds of candidates apply for my internships. If you don't have the time and commitment level to do this homework, I'll have to assume you don't have the time and commitment level to be an intern
ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities depend on your experience. Tasks will range from the interesting (playing with a big diorama) to the practical (learning how to upload materials to a publisher's website) to the utterly mundane (scanning a bunch of receipts for a grant). You'll do research, too, whether that means calling around Portland to find a particular color of sand, finding out when the first Space Shuttle launched, or setting up an interview with an artist.
Expect to be assigned tasks such as: "Figure out how to best convert this PDF file into a Microsoft Word file that a writer can easily work on," or "Here's my grant budget. Read the guidelines and figure out how to punch these numbers into this rather irritating online grant application form." Even if I already know how to do it? I may ask you to take it on alone. A surprising amount of your future freelancing life will be spent doing this sort of thing. Best to start now, when I can answer questions as needed.
This job also requires juggling random elements. My work is all over the place, and specifically aims to integrate parenting and domestic life, personal creativity such as art and creative writing, nonprofit and community work, independently published media and corporate/paid gigs. It's a crazy juggling act, centered around a home office, and will feel less uptight but also less "professional" than working in an agency or dot-com office. We might talk for an hour about a topic of interest to you while a toddler plays underfoot and we do the dishes.* You may proofread an article for a magazine while I edit video for an installation. I may send you to an arts grant seminar while I write a corporate blog post in the cafe next door.
*If you are uncomfortable with working around children, please let me know. I'll do my best to accommodate your wishes.
Requirements===== necessary: =====
- Problem-solving capabilities
- Detail orientation
- Organizational skills
- And yet: comfort with chaos
- And yet: flexibility
- Ability to take initiative / work independently
- Computer skills
- Consistent Internet access
= = Helpful but not essential: = =
- Office/administrative experience
- Experience coordinating events and/or managing volunteers and schedules
- Design, writing, editing, and/or video production skills
- PR, marketing, and/or social media knowledge
== But wait, there's more: ==
Writing, editing, and arts skills are *not* required. This is an opportunity to ask questions and become exposed to:
- Running your own freelance business
- Publishing in print and online
- Working as a freelance writer
- Working with nonprofits & independent media
- Integrating home & personal life with art/writing/business life
- PR, social media, & outreach
- Event coordination
- Creative & creative nonfiction writing
- Understanding technological needs of writers & editors
ABSOLUTELY NO FLAKES.
Let me say it again: NO FLAKES! If you don't have the time and commitment level to do an internship, or might decide at the last minute to work fall harvest in Humboldt instead, or can't handle both the internship and the new job you hope to get soon, please oh please don't apply. On the plus side, our scheduling will be flexible.
In your cover letter, be sure to mention why you want this internship in particular. You can name your general personal goals, such as "I want to be a freelance writer" or "I'm not sure what field I want to go into, but want to explore different possibilities, especially in creative work." Also name specific goals, if you have them (no problem if you don't): "If you hire me, I'd especially like to learn about arts grantwriting and how to get copywriting work at an agency" or "Your magazine is so beautiful---how do you guys get the money to print it?"
Please send your resume to magdalen23 at gmail dot com together with a cover letter.