For such an internationally well-known magazine, with such high production values, Tikkun has a surprisingly small paid staff. This means that there are excellent opportunities for interns to get significant experience in print and online magazine production and business. Our highly structured internship program enables interns to specialize in the field of their interest. Please note that all interns may occasionally be pulled away from the jobs outlined below to help with more urgent NSP- or magazine-related special projects initiated by Michael Lerner. Magazine interns work under the supervision of Managing Editor Alana Price.
To Apply for Magazine Internships:
Email a self-revealing cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. In your cover letter, please indicate which type of magazine internship is your top choice and explain why you are capable of doing first-rate work in this capacity. Also indicate which magazine internships would be your second and third choices and tell us about your qualifications for them. Descriptions of the different internships are below. If we are interested in your application, we will contact you and ask you to complete an additional assignment related to the type of internship for which we are considering you. No phone calls, please.
Areas of Specialization for Magazine Interns:
Print editorial interns at Tikkun gain hands-on experience in magazine editing. At Tikkun—unlike at many other national magazines, where interns often find themselves fetching coffee and making photocopies—editorial interns play a central role in evaluating submissions and proofing each issue of the magazine. Editorial interns review every submission that comes in, bringing promising articles to the attention of the editorial staff. They also read articles from past issues of Tikkun and summarize these pieces in short “teasers” that are published as part of the magazine’s online archive. This internship is very selective and has the potential to launch students into careers in magazine journalism. Editorial interns may have the opportunity to publish an article in the magazine, but we make no guarantees—interns’ submissions are subjected to the same strict standards as any other submissions to the magazine. Editorial interns with strong writing skills and professionalism will be asked to write monthly profiles of artists for our multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily. Candidates for this position must be hawk-eyed proofreaders with an obsessive attention to detail, a professional work ethic, and a willingness to study the Chicago Manual of Style and Tikkun’s in-house style guide.
Web editorial interns at Tikkun scour the blogosphere for posts to which they think Tikkun‘s blog site should respond. They play a central role in finding, managing, and proofing content for the magazine’s multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily (www.tikkun.org/daily). Web editorial interns become intimately familiar with the world of spiritual and political journalists, academics, and bloggers. They spend hours searching the Web for articles and videos about tikkun-ish topics to which our site should link. Web editorial interns with strong writing skills and professionalism will be asked to write monthly profiles of artists for our multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily. Those Web interns who are familiar enough with the magazine to have fully grasped its worldview and who demonstrate outstanding reporting and writing skills may eventually be invited to blog regularly, as well.
ART AND IMAGE RESEARCH
Art interns at Tikkun engage deeply with the question of how to illustrate articles about politics, social change, and spirituality. They work on our national magazine and on our website, generating illustration ideas and conducting image research. They play a central role in finding imagery for use on our new multimedia blog site, Tikkun Daily, which features regular photo essays and art galleries. In the art world these days, it is quite difficult to find images that are not only artistically strong but also have social content. We need images that critique the pretensions and cruelties of our materialistic and self-centered culture. We also need artwork about peace, spirituality, hope, and social transformation that is NOT sappy, corny, or part of a New Age aesthetic. Interns are encouraged to scour museums, galleries, artists’ websites, and online image libraries to find these sorts of images.
On the print side, the design process at Tikkun is a dynamic collaboration between the magazine’s editors in Berkeley and the Design Action collective in Oakland. Art interns work on a part-time unpaid basis with the editors in Berkeley, where they develop relationships with freelance artists, obtain permission to reprint images, and brainstorm ways to illustrate the complex concepts often explored by articles in the magazine and on the magazine’s website. Interns with strong art skills may also be encouraged to try their hand at creating original illustrations to be considered for publication in the magazine.
PUBLISHING (ADVERTISING, SUBSCRIPTIONS, AND SALES)
Publishing interns draw on their creativity and resourcefulness as they seek to improve the magazine’s circulation and sales. They work with the magazine’s editorial and business staff to analyze the magazine’s subscriptions, newsstand sales, and sale of ads. This internship is an opportunity for students interested in publishing, marketing, business, and sales to gain invaluable experience in project management and creative problem solving.
GENERAL MAGAZINE OUTREACH/PUBLICITY
Tikkun’s magazine outreach internships are an ideal fit for intellectually engaged wordsmiths who are energized by the visions of social change and spiritually inspired politics published in Tikkun magazine. Are you an extrovert with great communication skills and an interest in working with people? Or are you an aspiring journalist wanting to get a taste of the publishing world but don’t yet have journalistic expertise? If so, this is the perfect job for you. Outreach interns spread awareness about Tikkun and its unique offerings by engaging in substantive conversations with print/radio/television journalists, bloggers, professors, and members of the general public who may not yet be aware of the magazine. They write letters to the editor, send professional outreach emails, and make phone calls to public intellectuals. They also attend lectures, political events, cultural events, and media conferences to hand out back issues of the magazine and solicit subscribers.
ONLINE MAGAZINE OUTREACH/PUBLICITY
Online outreach interns at Tikkun engage in many of the same activities as general outreach interns (see above), but they are also in charge of updating content about the magazine on numerous social networking sites and bookmarking articles by Tikkun’s authors and editors using Delicious. Candidates for this position must be hooked into the blogosphere and comfortable using Web applications. Online outreach interns actively monitor blogs about politics and spirituality and help Tikkun expand its reach in cyberspace.
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