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Publishing and Marketing Intern


This internship is part of the 2024 Humanities for Life (HFL) Summer Internship Program. This premier opportunity allows UR students to access traditionally unpaid opportunities that highlight the value of the humanities in the workplace. If selected, students will receive a $5,000 stipend over a minimum 270-hour period in a non-for-profit organization in the Rochester, NY region. 

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The University of Rochester's nonprofit, literary translation press—is one of only a handful of publishing houses dedicated to increasing access to world literature for English readers. Publishing ten titles in translation each year and running an online literary website called Three Percent, Open Letter searches for works that are extraordinary and influential, works that we hope will become the classics of tomorrow. 

Making world literature available in English is crucial to opening our cultural borders, and its availability plays a vital role in maintaining a healthy and vibrant book culture. Open Letter strives to cultivate an audience for these works by helping readers discover imaginative, stunning works of fiction and poetry and by creating a constellation of international writing that is engaging, stimulating, and enduring. 

The Publishing and Marketing Intern:

  • Working closely with the Publisher and other staff at Open Letter, the Humanities for Life Intern will participate in a wide range of activities, including but not limited to: 
  • Assist in proofing forthcoming Open Letter publications; 
  • Help to implement various marketing and publicity campaigns; 
  • Work on revising the Open Letter website; 
  • General publishing tasks, such as restocking books and processing orders. 

Ideal Candidate: 

  • General interest in literature, writing, or publishing; 
  • Familiarity with the basics of web design.