Rare Book School Communications and Publications Internship


Rare Book School is an independent, non-profit institute supporting the study of the history of books and printing and related subjects. Our week-long continuing education courses serve our community of librarians, professors, graduate students, book collectors, book sellers, book artists, and beyond. 


Laura Perrings, Director of Programs & Education, and Laura Eldam, Director of Communications & Outreach


The intern will be communicating with different audiences in an outreach and publicity context; taking a publication project through the editorial, design, and publication process; working with a variety of stakeholders on a project; project management including keeping organized records; light video editing. 


This internship will prepare interns for careers in any of the following: 

  • Non-profit 
  • Communication, Outreach, and Publishing 
  • Project management 


This internship will provide experiences to develop and polish the following skills: 

  • Communication to diverse audiences 
  • Problem-solving and analytical thinking 
  • Project management and leadership 
  • Marketing 


The intern will participate in various aspects of project management, outreach, and publicity. Projects may include: 

  • Shepherding a lecture pamphlet through the editorial, design, and publication process;  
  • Writing copy, editing photos, and designing graphics for social media publicity relating to Rare Book School events, involving coordinating with Programs and Communications departments;  
  • Editing, organizing, and archiving photographs, records, data for Rare Book School’s archives, website, and annual report;  
  • Editing, uploading, and captioning event recordings. 


The intern will be mentored about communications and publication for a continuing education non-profit by the Director of Communications & Outreach and the Director of Programs & Education. 


A few of the desired qualities for the intern are: 

  • Excellent writing skills;  
  • Copy-editing experience and exceptional attention to detail;  
  • Familiarity with Chicago Manual of Style;  
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills;  
  • Proficiency with Mac operating system (or ability to learn quickly);  
  • Good knowledge of and experience working with Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube;  
  • Good knowledge of and experience working with Microsoft Office suite, WordPress, Adobe InDesign/Photoshop/Acrobat, iMovie, Canva (or ability to learn quickly). 


The internship will occur during the Fall 2022 semester. 


PhD+ interns will be paid up to $5000 per semester ($25 per hour for 200 hours per semester). 

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