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Please read the opportunities carefully for graduate and undergraduate students.
1. Slag Glass City (2 Interns Wanted)
Slag Glass City is a magazine of the urban essay arts. They are a creative nonfiction and multidisciplinary media journal engaged with sustainability, identity, and art in urban environments. Their area of concern is the livable city, but their interpretation of this language, more familiar to urban planners, geographers, and city theorists than to artists, is multifaceted. They are interested in post-industrial greening of urban spaces—from rooftop gardens to elevated bike trails to vertical farms—but are equally enthralled by interrogative art and performance that values social justice and queerness, reinvents form, and honors the green human need to pursue pleasure, beauty, and joy.
Slag Glass City publishes continuously on the web—posting something new every month—as well an annually in miniature print form. They publish all shapes and disciplines of nonfiction arts, including: stories, reportage, essays, lyrics, photographs, visual arts, film and video, digital and audio works, performance, and new web-friendly forms we’ve yet to imagine. Editorial interns for Slag Glass City will assist with submission deliberation, correspondence, light editing and proofreading, submission solicitation, social media and book festival promotion, website updating, working with the winter magazine class editorial board, as well as undertake other administrative tasks. Slag Glass City requests a commitment of 10-20 flexible hours a week. The internship is unpaid.
To apply please send Professor Barrie Borich, firstname.lastname@example.org, an email describing your interest and experience.
2. Cancer Wellness Magazine (See three attachments)
is an enlightened lifestyle magazine for the New Cancer Community of warriors, thrivers and supporters. With a focus on nutrition, complementary medicine, beauty, fashion, innovations and other subjects, Cancer Wellness aims to address the cancer experience from all aspects.
Cancer Wellness is looking for an energetic and dynamic remote editorial intern to join its team. Creativity, diligence, independence, sociability and the ability to produce quality work under tight deadlines are required for the position. Reporting to the editorial director, the editorial intern is expected to prioritize an array of projects for Cancer Wellness, including a mix of writing, fact checking, transcribing and other administrative duties. Our ideal candidate will have strong print and digital experience. This is a part-time, unpaid position.
Candidates for this position must be passionate and excited to showcase their abilities. Email all required materials to: email@example.com
3. MAKE Magazine
In particular, they would like to work with an intern who is bilingual in Spanish and English, because a lot of the content will include both languages. However, that’s definitely not a requirement!
MAKE Literary Productions, NFP—a Chicago-based arts nonprofit—supports, promotes, and engages contemporary writers, artists, and audiences through publishing, multidisciplinary arts events, and international cultural exchange. MAKE has two main programs: MAKE Literary Magazine and the Lit & Luz Festival of Language, Literature, and Art. MAKE recently transitioned its print magazine to a fully online format and will continue to publish new writing and multimedia content, along with newly digitized content from its 18-issue archive. The international Lit & Luz Festival takes place in Chicago and in Mexico City and seeks to highlight Mexican and Latinx authors and artists, as well as translation, collaboration, and partnerships.
Email your interest to Sarah Dodson firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Chicago Literary Hall of Fame
Chicago Literary Hall of Fame is seeking two motivated interns. They need help on a variety of projects requiring research, writing, editing, event planning, fundraising, and graphic design. For more information about the organization, view their website at: http://www.chicagoliteraryhof.org. To apply for an internship, contact Donald G. Evans at email@example.com
5. Another Chicago Magazine (Art Editor/Intern)
Wanted: art editor. Are you interested in combing the ‘net for interesting contemporary and vintage/archival images? Getting in touch with local and international artists about using their work? Then join Another Chicago Magazine as the art editor. ACM is an international online literary journal that publishes art with each text. We need a new art editor to pair photography, woodcuts, paintings, drawings, etc., with the writing. Alas, no one is paid. If interested, take a look at the magazine and get in touch with editor Sandi Wisenberg, SLwisenberg@sbcglobal.net and tell her why you’d like this volunteer job.
6. Green Building Magazine (Digital Writer)
Looking for someone interested in digital writing for a daily web schedule they’re trying to keep up at gbdmagazine.com.
If interested in applying for the following internship, please send a writing sample and statement of interest to Laura Rote at firstname.lastname@example.org
7. YourTango yourtango.com (2 Editing Internships)
There are a couple of editorial internship positions for start date of end of March/early April timeframe. Send portfolios and/or writing clips for applicants along with resumes.
They also have an immediate opening for their Marketing internship – which is a writing internship working directly with the Senior VP of YourTango Experts, Melanie Gorman, to write business-related and marketing-related content on their experts site. To directly apply or ask questions, email Melanie at email@example.com.
8. Chicago Agent Publishing
Email your interest to Tim Inklebarger firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact: Jacqueline Jarik <email@example.com>
9. Off-Kilter Media (Journalism Intern)
If you’re interested in covering contemporary art, music, and culture in a creative journalistic fashion, please apply for an internship through
10. Guerrero Media Editorial Internship
Contact Hana Yoo with your interest.
11. Agate Publishing (Grad Student Only / Seeking Intern for July-December 2021)
Agate is one of the best publishers in Illinois. They also have a great internship program. Please click here to find out more about their internships.
12. Chicago Humanities Festival (April 15 application deadline for summer internship, June-September)
Click here for more information.
13. Booklist: Editorial Internship
See the following link for details:
14. Source Books
Click here for details.
You might also contact Tanqueray Hart for further info. firstname.lastname@example.org
15. Browne & Miller Literary Associates
Browne & Miller has been hosting interns for nearly 40 years, and it’s always been competitive, particularly given there are so few publishing internships in Chicago. While they never lack for qualified candidates, they do take interns four times a year and are always open to applications, so if you’re interested in book publishing and looking for internship experience, apply via the following link: Internships
16. Open Books
Literacy Interns assist with a plethora of Open Books initiatives, including leading programs and workshops, developing new curricula, working events in our bookstore, conducting research about trends in literacy and education, and more!
Open Books Literacy Interns are responsible for assisting with the day-to-day operations of Open Books’ literacy programs. These internships are designed for people who want to work directly with youth across Chicago, as well as get a glimpse behind the scenes of a vibrant and energetic literacy and creative writing nonprofit. Almost every single intern acts as a Site Leader for Open Books’ Reading Buddies program. They look for candidates who are motivated, work well on a team, and have the desire to hone their leadership skills.
If you have anyone who is interested, please share the internship application: https://www.open-books.org/internships-at-open-books/
17. Cards Against Humanity
Sophomores, juniors and seniors may apply. Here is a link to their official website with a description of what the job would entail, what the job pays, the kind of qualifications that they’re looking for, and how to apply: https://cardsagainsthumanity.com/intern/
18. Chicago Writers Association
The Chicago Writers Association (CWA) is looking for interns to help with various events and tasks that CWA conducts throughout the year. The length of internships vary based on need and availability. Duties and responsibilities are varied. Positions are remote-based with in-person opportunities at CWA events.
- Currently pursuing a Bachelor or Master degree in creative writing, journalism, or related field
- Attention to detail
- Ability to work online or in-person, depending on event or task
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Please send a cover letter that briefly states your experience and your interest in working with the Chicago Writers Association and resume/CV to email@example.com
19. Argonne National Labs (Undergraduates)
Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s major research centers, is pleased to announce two new opportunities for undergraduate students to join the Argonne team as interns in its Education Programs and Outreach division!
For more information on Argonne’s Student Programs, please visit: Argonne EducationP Porgrams and Outreach.
20. Chicago Poetry Center
Please click here for more information about this internship.
21. Theicon.com (Two writing internships)
The Icon (www.theicon.com) is a growing cloud based company that provides video game and tech news across multiple platforms. Currently their main focus is on video games news and technology with a goal to have an inclusive platform that promotes women and people of color in the industry and at home.
The Icon will utilize social media marketing (SMM) to not only deliver news to our audience but to start a conversation with them. Their articles and videos are the starting point for those conversations.
They are looking for interns who want to work REMOTELY and want to gain the experience and know-how of working as a video game journalist.
Please email your interest and a writing sample to Elijah Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
22. Guild Literary Complex
The Guild is a literary arts performance-based poetry organization that partners with community groups. Internship description at https://drive.google.com/file/d/125tNVzJedQ5LxVhjdiFQYN4NcfD5N2zT/view?usp=sharing
23. Story Jam
Story Jam is a live personal narrative storytelling and music show (and podcast) with an educational component. They offer classes, workshops, and retreats both in person and online.
They are seeking a skillful intern to help us with social media, class organization, our emails, and production planning. With an interest in DEI, they are hoping to broaden their reach and continue to produce live events that inspire and connect people, and build bridges. Their website is http://www.storyjamshow.com.
24. Mascot Books (Grad Student Only)
Support production editors in all phases of the publishing process. Findout more at their website here, and please email your interest to Nicole Hall at email@example.com
25. We Need Diverse Books
Internships for students of color. (Diverse Books is paired up with Big 5 publishing houses) and possibly even with a stipend. For 2021, the internships can be remote, so students would not have to move to NYC: https://diversebooks.org/programs/internship-grants/Tagged internship, internships, Spring