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Jun 3, 2019

Opening: Marketing Internship

This paid internship will focus on social media marketing & other editorial projects and begins July 1. Applications are due June 21.

Florence Fu browses the type foundry ephemera bins. Florence was an Archive intern in summer 2017 and later joined our full-time staff as Editorial Assistant.

Do you love good design? Do you believe the world needs a little more inspiration these days? Would you like to help make this happen? Letterform Archive is seeking a friendly, organized, proactive, detail-oriented, and reliable individual to serve as its summer marketing intern.

The internship will provide an exciting opportunity for a student, recent graduate, or anyone interested in a career in marketing, social media, libraries, archives, or museums to explore the operations of Letterform Archive by learning about and supporting its editorial projects, as well as ongoing public programming.

About Us

Letterform Archive is a nonprofit center for inspiration, education, and community. We opened to visitors in 2015 and offer hands-on access to a curated collection of over 50,000 items related to lettering, typography, calligraphy, and graphic design, spanning thousands of years of history.

So far, the Archive has welcomed over 5,000 visitors from 30 countries, including students, practitioners, and letterform admirers from every creative background. Some come with specific research ideas in mind, while others are simply looking for inspiration. Invariably, thanks to the breadth and accessibility of the collection, they stumble on something unexpected. Serendipity is key to the Archive experience.

In addition to hosting visits and public events, the Archive serves a global community through social media, state-of-the-art photography, and publications. We offer courses and workshops in type design, calligraphy, and typography. We also curate exhibitions of our holdings, organize lectures by visiting artists and designers, and host salons and receptions to showcase collections or celebrate out-of-town guests.

Learning Outcomes

Joyce Yin
Former intern, Joyce Yin, in the type reference library. Read about her 2018 internship. Photo by Florence Fu.

Possible projects for the summer intern may include some combination of the following:

Learn about marketing and content management under the direction of the Editorial Assistant by participating in the following activities:

  • Curate, produce, and schedule content about Archive news and collections to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.
  • Letterform Archive blog and email newsletter: write copy and process imagery for articles about Archive collections, news, and events.
  • Fonts In Use: produce content featuring items from Archive collections.
  • Learn about guest services and public outreach programming by shadowing visits alongside Archive staff.

In addition to set internship projects, the intern will be relied upon to pitch in as needed.

Physical Requirements

The intern will frequently be required to sit and perform desk-based computer tasks and file or sort paperwork.

She/he/they may less frequently be required to lift or move items weighing up to 25 pounds; push and maneuver a fully-loaded book truck weighing up to 60 pounds; and stand, climb, balance, stretch, twist, kneel, stoop, bend, or crouch.

The Archive will provide reasonable accommodation to any intern with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of the internship.

Ideal Qualifications

Former intern, Carlos Rodriguez. Read about his 2018 internship. Photo by Elise Carlton.
  • Passion for or expertise in an area of specialization appropriate to our collections (e.g., graphic design, book arts, book history, etc.)
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Superlative organizational and time management skills
  • Meticulous detail orientation; focus on accuracy
  • Social media savvy; proficient with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Tech-savvy; proficient with G Suite, macOS, basic HTML, photo editing

Ideal Characteristics

  • Curious and eager to learn
  • Team player with a friendly and welcoming demeanor and a customer service orientation
  • Flexibility and comfort in a rapidly changing environment
  • Willing to tackle a variety of projects, including new challenges
  • Able to work independently, prioritize, and multi-task when needed
  • Able to remain positive, patient, and calm regardless of circumstances
  • Able to see projects from inception to completion against short turnaround times
  • Uses discretion when handling sensitive and confidential information
  • We value candidates whose skills and experience have prepared them to understand and uphold our core values of excellence, nimbleness, collaboration, humility, hospitality, design sensitivity, and community.
  • Strong candidates will have had experience or interest in producing thoughtful and engaging social media content

Letterform Archive is an equal opportunity workplace, community, and place of learning. The Archive does not discriminate in employment, educational services, and programs on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, religious creed, ancestry, national origin, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, medical condition (cancer-related or genetic-related), family and medical care leave, pregnancy disability leave, veteran status, or disability, or on other bases prohibited by law.

Schedule

The internship is expected to run from July to September with flexibility around the duration. A commitment of 16–24 hours per week is expected.

Compensation

This internship is a part-time, non-exempt position and paid $15.59 per hour.

How to Apply

Please submit a CV/résumé and cover letter explaining your interest in this internship in the form below by June 21.

Learn more about what it’s like to be a Letterform Archive intern from our former interns, Florence Fu, Carlos Rodriguez, and Joyce Yin.