We are seeking dedicated, self-motivated lovers of extraordinary literature to join our internship program. Interns will be active members of the Paragon Press team, contributing directly to the work we do to celebrate boundary-defying literature from voices unsung. We are offering editorial, marketing, and social media internships; internships are currently unpaid, but we have participated with colleges to grant credit for the duration of your internship. At Paragon Press, we are exploring new ways of navigating and contributing to contemporary literary dialogue — we hope you join us on this journey.

Applications are currently open for the Spring of 2019. Interns are accepted on a rolling basis. 

In addition to the following duties, you will also have the chance to work with the other interns on creating a new literary magazine from scratch. If you are interested in seeing the final product of this project please check out Koan, Lagom, or Vellichor.

Editorial Internship

Marketing Internship

Social Media Internship

Semiotic 

Internship

Editorial interns will work with our editorial team to read and evaluate the submissions for our seven literary magazines and collections that Paragon Press considers for publication. A nuanced perspective on the possibilities of writing, as well as thorough familiarity with modern literature is necessary for this role. We are currently seeking editorial interns in both poetry and prose. 

TIME COMMITMENT

Approximately 5-10 hours a week, possibly more during high-volume submission periods. This is a 15 week-long digital internship.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong ability to work independently and consistently meet deadlines

  • An ability to critically analyze literary work, and a keen eye for detail and craft

  • A love of contemporary literature, and a passion for independent publishing

Marketing interns will help us support and champion the books we publish and the authors who write them. Responsibilities include drafting marketing copy, sending out review copies, collaborating on marketing strategy, and independent bookstore outreach. This role is right for those who wish to gain hands-on experience publicizing the urgent literary work of a burgeoning independent press.

TIME COMMITMENT

Approximately 5-10 hours a week, possibly more during high-volume submission periods. This is a 15 week-long digital internship.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong ability to work independently and consistently meet deadlines

  • Some experience in a marketing role, or a strong eagerness to learn. This role may also include assistance with event organizing -- any previous experience is a huge plus

  • A passion for independent publishing, and a desire to advocate for risk-taking, emphatic literature 

Social Media interns will work with our social media team to help Paragon Press build and fortify a radically inclusive literary community through social media. SM interns will promote Paragon Press books and news through the ever-expanding digital literary landscape — a passion for the vibrant global dialogue revolving contemporary literature and for the work that Paragon Press is doing is a must.

TIME COMMITMENT

Approximately 5-10 hours a week, possibly more during high-volume submission periods. This is a 15 week-long digital internship.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Thorough understanding of various social media platforms, and the ability to reliably work independently

  • An eagerness to engage with an audience of devoted writers and readers, and the drive to conceive and execute thoughtful and creative social media campaigns

  • A deep love for independent publishing and contemporary literature

Semiotic interns will work with all aspects of the Paragon Press to analyze the signs and symbols that appear in our normal communication to help make meaning so we can have more meaningful conversations with our readers. Semiotic interns will promote Paragon Press publications by developing meaningful communications to be used in tandem with the marketing team — a passion for the vibrant global dialogue and a inkling of an interest in phenomenology.

TIME COMMITMENT

Approximately 5-10 hours a week, possibly more during high-volume submission periods. This is a 15 week-long digital internship.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Thorough understanding of various social media platforms, and the ability to reliably work independently

  • An eagerness to engage with an audience of devoted writers and readers, and the drive to conceive and execute thoughtful and creative social media campaigns

  • A passion for independent publishing, and a desire to advocate for risk-taking, emphatic literature 

  • An ability to critically analyze literary work, and a keen eye for detail and craft

All interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to our editor-in-chief, Austin Shay, at ashay@theparagonjournal.com.

For a list of previous interns please click here.