Employer: Alice James Books
Internship Number: 561
Internship Title: AJB Intern
Location: Farmington, Maine
Period of Engagement: Available Each Term – Spring, Summer or Fall
Compensation: Unpaid
Description of the Internship:
Alice James Books is a nationally acclaimed non-profit cooperative poetry press. AJB was founded in 1973 by five women and two men, with the objective of starting a press that gives women’s literature better representation and involves authors in the publishing process.  The press remains true to that mission and to publishing a diversity of poets including both beginning and established poets, and a diversity of poetic styles. The press is named for Alice James—the sister of novelist Henry James and philosopher William James—whose fine journal and gift for writing were unrecognized during her lifetime.  While Alice James Books has a strong history of publishing women’s poetry, we encourage submissions from all interested poets.

Since 1994, the press has been affiliated with the University of Maine at Farmington. The press educates up to 14 interns per year through individual writing apprenticeships. Alice James Books also serves to train and advise the on-campus, bi-annual literary journal, The Sandy River Review.

AJB is particularly interested in students from all academic disciplines, including, for example:  Creative Writing; English; Business and Marketing; Women’s Studies; Visual & Performing Arts; Education; Computer Science; and more.  B.F.A. UMF Creative Writing majors are required to do an internship, and many of these are completed at AJB.  Creative Writing internships are worth four college credits and require that a student work at Alice James Books 10 – 12 hours per week, depending on the semester length.

Internships are extremely competitive, and students are encouraged to apply at least one semester prior to the proposed internship.

For more information on AJB and their internship program, please visit their website at:  http://alicejamesbooks.org/internships/

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Template design of AJB’s Newsletter (using InDesign)
  • Updating Social Media sites (Facebook Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Goodreads, Librarything, etc.)
  • Coordinating manuscript submissions
  • Designing magazine advertisements (using InDesign)
  • Designing catalogs
  • Creating press kits, pre-order flyers, galleys, tipsheets and postcards
  • Answering telephones
  • Email correspondence
  • General mailings
  • Miscellaneous office duties
All students are welcome to apply and no prior experience in the publishing field is required.  Experience in one or more of the following areas are qualifications generally sought:

  • Interest in Publishing
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Interest in business and marketing
  • Interest in visual and graphic arts/design
  • Attention to detail
  • Commitment to excellence
Application Process:
Application is made through UMF’s Partnership for Civic Advancement and Alice James Books.  To Apply:
1.  Complete and submit the Partnership’s Internship Application Form online.
2. Email a letter of interest and resume to AJB Managing Editor, Alyssa Neptune at: ajb@alicejamesbooks.org
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