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Summer Editorial Intern at The Mary Sue
Writing/Editing - Posted on April 10, 2013
This employer is not willing to relocate.
It’s that time again! The Mary Sue is seeking a kick-ass editorial intern for the summer. This is no coffee-and-errandsinternship: our interns spend 90% of their time writing, and most definitely receive bylines for all of their stories. “Hold on,” you say, darting your eyes about confusedly. “What’s ‘The Mary Sue?’” The Mary Sue is the geeky woman arm (I dunno, maybe it’s got a TARDIS tattoo?) of the shadowy, all-powerful Abrams Media collective. We’re six sites reaching over 10 million people a month. We’re less than three years old. We’ve got big things ahead of us. “But what will I do as an intern?” you ask, wringing your hands in anticipation, or possibly consternation. You’ll join us in our offices (yeah, a loft in SoHo, exposed brick, no big thing), write, look at Google Reader, write, write some more, learn to be a Real Live Blogger, etc. “How can I get this wondrous gig?” you ululate, collapsing to the floor in paroxysms of excitement, perhaps foaming at the mouth a bit for effect. It’s pretty simple.What we’re looking for: The ideal candidate is a current college student looking for hands-on writing experience at a news startup. Internships run from TIME-TIME; start and end dates are flexible. Yes, you must be available to work in our office in NYC. No, this is not a paid internship. Yes, we can give you credit. The primary qualification for this job is an encyclopedic knowledge of, and obsessive enthusiasm for, multiple aspects of geek culture. If you are knowledgeable about weird, obscure anime or manga, thrive on television and movie casting news, or have incorporated the names of pages on TVTropes.org into your conversational vocabulary, then this is the job for you. The secondary, but just as important, qualification is being able to write quickly and clearly (on topics from your geek specialties to gender issues), without weird grammatical or spelling issues, on topics that you yourself think up/discover on the interwebs.Bonus points if you have any of the following qualifications: **Previous experience in pop culture blogging or otherwise writing for the internet in a professional capacity. **Knowledge of blogging software. **Knowledge of the major personalities and figures in both the real and fictional sides of geekdom. **Basic experience with photo-editing software. **An ability to listen, take direction, and follow through with assigned tasks. And here’s some way less important criteria that, if they apply to you, we still totally want to know about: **Knowledge of anime and manga fandoms. **Experience in science writing or if you just have had some good science education (more like if you are taking a science-oriented major or minor, than if you took Biology 101 a couple years ago). **An interest in writing and storytelling tropes.How to apply: Please attach THREE (3) documents to your application email. Applications not containing all of these documents will NOT be considered: **A resume/CV, including references (please include any weird skills you might have, like the ability to read Legolas by Laura out loud without laughing, or knitting Jayne hats with your toes). **3-4 samples of your academic or journalistic writing, preferably in more than one style (long-form vs. short-form, magazine vs. blog, basic post about news vs. longer thinkpiece, etc.) The purpose of your writing samples should be to demonstrate that you are a good writer (and that doesn’t just mean style or comedy, but basic construction) as much (if not more) as it is to demonstrate your geek cred. If possible, please include at least one nerdy submission and one gender-related submission. **A brief (1-page) cover letter explaining why your experience, knowledge, and personality make you the ideal junior editor for a girl geek culture blog. Please also list in your cover letter your earliest experience with truly bad fanfiction; if you don’t, we’ll know you didn’t read the entire posting!
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