Public Seminar is the online publication of the New School. Its web site features a variety of daily posts on a variety of topics. The weekly “issue” highlights featured pieces that have been more rigorously edited, in order to appeal to a general audience of non-specialist readers who are interested in the issues of the day.
Every semester, Public Seminar awards several one-semester credit-bearing internships to three students with a demonstrated interest or experience in publishing and journalism. The internships are open to any interested student currently enrolled in a graduate program at the New School. Advanced undergraduates and Public Seminar interns from fall 2020 are also eligible to apply to become interns in Spring 2021. All interns will be awarded a scholarship for the course, to cover the cost of the three credits.
Members of the Public Seminar editorial team, including Natasha Lennard, Helaine Olen, Xarissa Holdaway, and James Miller, will mentor all interns. Students will learn how to line edit and copy edit pieces of writing, and will also be taught how to post pieces online. Attention will also be paid to marketing and social media, which increasingly form an important aspect of successful publishing. The internship offers students an opportunity to learn by doing, in a collaborative framework, working with professionals as well as other students.
Internships last for fifteen weeks, and require roughly 10 hours of weekly work.
Applicants should describe their interest in working collaboratively on a close-knit, collegial team that already includes, besides the faculty leadership, several students from Media Studies and Lang, with prior experience in lone publishing, design and social media promotion. For the spring semester, all work will be done entirely online, and there is no requirement to be in New York City. Finalists will be interviewed, via Zoom, by members of the Public Seminar team, and may be asked to edit a sample text.
Applications should submit a letter of interest, along with a cv, and the name of a faculty reference, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our deadline for applications is November 24, 2020.