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Free Spirit Internship Program

Free Spirit Publishing is the leading publisher of learning tools that support young people’s social-emotional health and educational needs. We help children and teens think for themselves, overcome challenges, and make a difference in the world. Our publishing house is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. We publish 20 to 25 books annually in the categories of Early Childhood, Bullying & Conflict Resolution, Gifted Education, Character Education & Service Learning, and Teacher Resources & Professional Development.

We are closed for applications for summer 2022. You may still submit an application if you wish to be considered for future internships.

Free Spirit offers one paid publishing internship each summer. A remote internship is possible.

Internship hours are flexible, averaging 17–20 hours per week for ten weeks. CEU credits may be obtained through the internship.  Free Spirit is proud to be a program partner for the 2022 We Need Diverse Books Internship Grant.

An internship at Free Spirit will introduce you to all aspects of a small business and educational children’s publishing. It will provide you with the opportunity to work directly with department directors and key staff. The Free Spirit internship will give you skills that can transfer to larger publishing houses and careers outside of publishing.

We accept résumés year round. However, please note in the application which summer (year) you are applying for.

To apply for the internship program please send:
  • A cover letter explaining why you’re applying for the internship, along with your preferred start date
  • A résumé outlining your education and work experience
  • Optional: up to five pages of additional documents (such as recommendations or writing samples)
Mail or email materials to Free Spirit Publishing Internship Program, Human Resources, 6325 Sandburg Road, Suite 100, Minneapolis, MN 55427-3674; internships@freespirit.com.

PUBLISHING INTERNSHIP

Position Summary

This publishing internship focuses on editorial, sales, and marketing work in an entrepreneurial environment and exposes the intern to a range of other areas of publishing at Free Spirit: production, design, and publicity.

Intern responsibilities may include:
  • Submissions correspondence 
  • Read and evaluate submitted proposals
  • Perform database upkeep
  • Proofread copy
  • Participate in editorial, design, and sales/marketing meetings
  • Research projects related to acquisitions, editorial, sales, and marketing
  • Write website copy and general correspondence as requested
  • Write press releases and pitch letters for media opportunities 
  • Prepare, assemble, pack, and disseminate mailings of new title samples
  • Prepare, print, and assemble sales kits for trade accounts
  • Prepare, assemble, pack, and disseminate catalog mailings
  • Assist in the preparation of marketing plans, advertising pieces, and other events as needed
  • Assist Publicist and Marketing Specialist with social media presence
  • Assist members of editorial and sales/marketing staff and entire company as needed
  • Work on special projects
  • Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
  • Currently enrolled in a post-secondary program or recent graduate with a degree in English, marketing, business, journalism, education, liberal arts, or related field
  • Excellent writing, communication, organization, and time-management skills
  • Strong computer skills, with experience in Microsoft Word and Excel
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