Internships at Alice James Books
Writing Apprenticeships/Internship positions are mainly available to UMF students during the fall, spring and summer semesters. Each is worth four college credits and require that a student work at Alice James Books up to fifteen hours per week, depending on the semester length. B.F.A. UMF Creative Writing majors are required to do an internship, and many of these are completed at AJB. Alice James Books also accepts internship applications from students outside of the University of Maine at Farmington on a very selective basis.
To apply for an internships, students must complete an application and send a resume which is reviewed by AJB staff. Internships are extremely competitive, and students are encouraged to apply at least one semester prior to the proposed internship.
All students are welcome to apply and no prior experience in the publishing field is required; however, experience in writing, computers, or communications are qualifications we commonly seek.
The Internship Experience
The overall responsibilities of every AJB intern include answering the telephone; general correspondence; taking book orders; and communicating with poets, vendors, other publishing professionals, and the general public. Additional intern projects may include:
- Compiling and/or editing the bi-annual AJB newsletter and/or catalog
- Designing and/or updating the AJB website
- Designing advertisements
- Writing press releases
- Assisting with AJB’s annual fundraising appeal
- Coordinating manuscript submissions
- Writing advertising copy
- Interviewing poets
- Handling inventory
- Creating press kits or book tipsheets
- Editing review quotes
The Sandy River Review at AJB
Alice James Books and the Humanities Department co-sponsor two Sandy River Review (the campus literary journal) internships per semester, for course credit.
New editors and assistant editors are chosen by current SRR editors, AJB, the Writer’s Guild, the Humanities Department through a rigorous interview and selection process. Humanities supervises the editorial aspects of SRR’s journal publication while AJB supervises the design and production.
Each incoming SRR intern commits to two consecutive internship semesters, one as Assistant, and one as Editor. The Assistant completes a standard AJB internship, but has an additional focus on assisting the Editor with the publication of the Sandy River Review. The Editor, having received relevant training from the Editor as an Assistant, spends the semester focusing on the publication of the next issue. The Editor also continues, from time to time, to assist with press operations.
Why Alice James Books?
In the field of poetry publishing, Alice James Books is widely recognized for excellence. Your training at AJB will not only enrich your college education but improve your future employment opportunities. An internship at AJB sets you apart as a distinguished individual to both graduate schools and employers. AJB internships have helped UMF graduates find jobs in publishing, advertising, graphic arts, the nonprofit sector, and other fields. Experience gained here can benefit you for years to come.
AJB interns play an important role in the continued success of Alice James Books. The collaberation of interns, staff, volunteers, and cooperative members makes the press a true accomplishment of team values and effort. Interns gain valuable experience in many aspects of publishing through understanding of the day-to-day operations and business practices at AJB, from knowledge of computer programs such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, and internet applications to knowledge of editorial, marketing, sales, publicity, design, production, and fund-raising practices. AJB staff members provide lots of one-on-one guidance— support that is very rare in standard publishing internships.
Who We Are
Alice James Books is a nationally acclaimed non-profit cooperative poetry press. We are named for Alice James, sister of William and Henry James, whose fine journal and gift for writing went unrecognized during her lifetime. 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. While Alice James Books has a strong history of publishing women’s poetry, we encourage submissions from all interested poets.
The Small Press
The cooperative has grown tremendously into a national community of poets. Many of our poets participate or have participated as past collective members. Our poets have been recipients of the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship, the American Book Award, The Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize, The Kate Tufts Poetry Prize, The Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize, The Nation/Discovery Prize, The Rona Jaffe Foundation Award, and Guggenheim, Laanan Foundation, and NEA Fellowships. Many Alice James Books authors are nationally renowned, including Jane Kenyon, Donald Revell, Jean Valentine, Fanny Howe, Brian Turner, and B.H. Fairchild. Recent Alice James Books titles have been reviewed in The New York Times Sunday Book Review, The New Yorker, Bark,, Slate, Boston Globe, L.A. Times, Library Journal, Poetry
For more information, call Alice James Books at 207.778.7071 or email our managing editor, Meg Willing at firstname.lastname@example.org.