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Job Opportunity: Editorial and Administrative Assistant Internship, Geist – FILLED

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Geist is the Canadian literary magazine of ideas and culture. Our mandate is to find and encourage a wide audience for new and established Canadian writers and artists of merit.

While working for Geist, the intern will become an integral part of the editorial, production and circulation teams, assisting with the curation of editorial content, reviewing submissions, circulation fulfillment, managing contest entries and bookkeeping. The intern will also be encouraged to contribute writing and will participate in editorial, marketing and production.


  • Interns must be enrolled or recent graduates of journalism, professional writing, publishing, design, communications or a comparable program in an accredited post-secondary institution
  • Strong writing and communication skills and willingness to learn
  • Understanding of basic tenets of marketing and media
  • Strong ability to organize and prioritize
  • Ability to carry out work requiring attention to detail
  • An interest in literature and cultural publishing
  • Have a positive attitude

Time commitment

  • Part-time, 20 hours/week
  • 16 weeks from July 16, 2018 to Nov. 2, 2018


  • Shadow editing with publishers and layout with designer
  • Coordinate workshops, festivals and other events
  • Attend local cultural events to review in publication
  • Select excerpts for Findings section
  • Participate in editorial, circulation and production meetings
  • Support Publisher with advertising sales and coordinate ad exchanges
  • Do bookkeeping and banking
  • Help prepare grant applications
  • Be first contact for general inquiries from readers and writers
  • Process submissions and contest entries
  • Support circulation team with renewal campaigns, i.e. pulling subscriber data, compiling letters and tracking results
  • Administer Geist in the Classroom program
  • Assist Operations Manager with office and administrative tasks


  • The intern will report to AnnMarie MacKinnon, publisher
  • Stephen Osborne, co-founder and consulting publisher, will also mentor the intern


  • The Editorial and Administrative Assistant role will give the intern practical experience at Canada’s largest literary magazine
  • The intern will have the opportunity to work with the experienced and influential editors Stephen Osborne and Mary Schendlinger
  • As the position is interdisciplinary in nature, the intern will receive an introduction to all aspects of magazine production, from editing to marketing to pre-press. The intern will be able to participate in all stages of work and follow projects through from conception to publication
  • The intern will receive feedback from the publisher and designer on his/her written work and design materials
  • This position is structured to allow the intern to develop a range of skills and pursue a particular area of focus as the position progresses. The position will also provide insight into the structure and daily operations of non-profits in Canada, transferable to many organizations

The intern is expected to leave with the experience and adaptable skills required to obtain an entry-level admin, editorial or production job in the industry.

Pay: $14/hour

To apply, send CV and cover letter to AnnMarie MacKinnon at

Application deadline: July 6, 2018.