The Harvard Common Press, a publisher of quality cookbooks, seeks energetic undergraduate, graduate student, or recent-graduate interns in the marketing and digital initiatives departments. Interns leave with a letter of recommendation, a stronger résumé, and valuable publishing experience. Harvard Common Press interns have gone on to work at such publishing companies as Random House, Addison-Wesley, Houghton Mifflin, Boston Phoenix, and Boston Magazine. Several interns have continued on to full-time positions at The Harvard Common Press.
Internships are available for spring, fall, and summer semesters (with a 16- to 20-hour per week commitment). All internships are unpaid, and credit is optional. The press is a friendly and award-winning company with a staff of seven located in a spacious loft in the South End of Boston.
Fall internship: September 1st
Spring internship: December 1st
Summer internship: April 1st
Marketing and Social Media Internship
-Conducting market research
-Helping with publicity mailings
-Writing press releases and catalogue copy
-Pitching to media
-Assisting with accounts receivable and payable
-Representing the company at area trade shows
-Monitoring through social media sites to identify food/cooking related topics to which we can provide content
-Keeping track of Facebook groups in which we should be involved, including groups for our authors as well
-Regularly posting to Facebook groups with recipe and food related content
-Monitoring Twitter for mentions of food/cooking topics to which we can contribute
-Food blog monitoring to identify relevant topics to which we can respond with either comments, content on our blog, or a call‐out of the topic to our readers
-Setting up and monitoring internet alerts through Google Alerts for relevant mentions of the company or cooking topics to which we can respond
-Assist in planning content for our blog, HCPdishes, and also writing content for the blog
-Assist in coordinating social media contests and events
-Research into relevant social media content, including top tweet‐ups and other events
Interns are expected to be familiar with the major social media marketing platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google +, Pinterest, Flickr, and Stumbleupon, among others, and familiarity with cooking/food related websites is helpful as well. These include cooking blogs, as well as websites such as Tastespotting and FoodGawker. An interest in food/cooking is a plus, but not required.
To apply, send resume and cover letter to: