LONDON INTERNSHIPS: AN INTRODUCTION
Our office in London has three internship periods in the year: Spring (January to April), Summer (May to August) and Autumn (September to December). Two separate departmental internships run concurrently during these periods: Editorial and Marketing/Publicity.
Our internships are full-time and paid at the current rate of London Living Wage for 40 hours per week (Monday to Friday). There may be some additional evening or weekend work with optional pay or time in lieu. Paid holiday and sick leave is included.
Verso's internships are intended to act as an introduction to book publishing, as well as to a wider political and intellectual project. They are very much viewed as a first step to gaining a position within the publishing industry and we have a good record of helping our interns to find permanent work. A good knowledge of Verso's list, an interest in politics, philosophy and history, and a curious and critical engagement with current affairs, will be an advantage. Please see further details below for each internship.
We are particularly interested to see applications from candidates from backgrounds that are currently underrepresented within publishing; working class candidates, women and people of colour are encouraged to apply.
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MARKETING / PUBLICITY INTERNSHIP
Our marketing and publicity internship sits within the sales, marketing, and publicity departments at Verso. Day-to-day tasks include: working with publicists on publicity campaigns, assisting marketing activity, engaging with social media, helping with sales conferences, as well as other office administrative duties. We are looking for candidates who can show:
- an interest in the range of books published by Verso, and radical publishing in general. Candidates should display an understanding of the various sides of Verso’s list, and how approaches to marketing and publicity may differ depending on audience.
- engagement with social media. Candidates should be able to discuss various platforms and how they differ in terms of audience and approach. We particularly welcome thoughts on Verso’s use of social media, as well as other publishers/comparable organisations.
- engagement with the Verso website and blog. We welcome thoughts on how we use our website, particularly the Verso blog.
- enthusiasm for communicating our books and ideas online. Candidates should have a flair for creativity and communication!
- excellent copywriting skills. Candidates should show an awareness for different approaches to copywriting depending on audience and platform.
- knowledge of different forms of media from broadcast to print, as well as online media organisations. Candidates should demonstrate creative flair for framing books tailored to various media and live event contexts.
- a genuine interest in pursuing a career in publishing, marketing or publicity. As part of the internship we offer advice on job hunting/CV writing, and are best placed to do this with someone who wants to work in the industry.
- a willingness to assist with the general admin of the office, including answering phones, responding to email queries, distributing office post, taking in book deliveries and so on. While we endeavour to make the internship as engaging and interesting as possible, admin will make up a significant part of the job.
Working within the editorial department, the editorial intern will be involved in many different aspects of the publishing process. This will range from producing online content and working with authors and foreign publishers to assisting the editorial team in the UK. Candidates should be prepared to turn their hand to a variety of tasks, from urgent jobs to longer term projects, and be able to manage their workload. Language skills are desirable. We are looking for candidates who can show:
- an interest in the range of books published by Verso, and radical publishing in general. Candidates should be prepared to discuss a range of individual titles or authors in the interview, and show some knowledge across various areas of Verso’s list.
- a genuine interest in pursuing a career in publishing, and has a broad knowledge of different media – both print and digital. Candidates should be prepared to discuss a range of publications in the interview, and to show some knowledge of broadsheets, magazines and periodicals.
- a desire to be involved in the decision-making process on what we publish, to argue their opinion and to enjoy the discussion. Candidates should be prepared to critically engage with books from Verso’s list in the interview, and to bring their own ideas and suggestions to the discussion.
- an eye for detail, as well as a skilfully written phrase.
- a willingness to assist with the general admin of the office, including answering phones, responding to manuscript submissions, distributing office post, preparing meeting agendas and materials, photocopying, maintaining records and so on. While we endeavour to make the internship as engaging and educational as possible, admin will make up a significant part of the job.