Design Intern

Minnesota Historical Society Press
Design and Production Manager
8-12 hours per week
Minnesota History Center
Summer 2018 (June-August)
Unpaid; A limited number of diversity stipends are available for eligible candidates.
Project summary: 

The MNHS Press Design Intern will assist the publishing staff in the areas of production, design, marketing, and administration. We offer an exciting opportunity to work with veteran staff willing to share their knowledge of the book industry, and also provide unique and independent projects. The intern will be working in an office environment with a mix of computer and non-computer related work.

Ideal degree(s): 
Art/Art History, Business/Management, Communications, English, Graphic Design, History, Marketing/Advertising
Student qualifications: 
  • Working knowledge of graphic design and that field’s associated computer software (Adobe Creative Suite)
  • General research & communication skills
  • An interest in book design and production 
  • Top notch organizational skills
  • Aptitude/interest in social media/marketing
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently  
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and the Google software suite are also preferred
Student responsibilities: 


  • Meet with Marketing staff at the beginning of the internship to learn about department functions
  • Research markets, new books, and available print and online marketing tools for the industry
  • Brainstorm marketing ideas with the Marketing department
  • Design new book covers and academic print or electronic direct mailing pieces
  • Provide assistance in delivering image files for publicity and online use
  • Provide production and design assistance for press kits, etc.
  • Web site and blog design, including production of audio/video podcasts & book trailers


  • Meet with the Editorial department to learn about department functions
  • Conduct library and Internet research for potential books/anthologies/reprints
  • Conduct photo and art research for covers and interiors, including permissions and ordering
  • Read trade journals and attend acquisitions meetings


  • Meet with the Production Manager to learn about department functions and attend production meetings
  • Complete production and design work on print-on-demand titles and reprints, including reworking existing cover and text files
  • Provide production and design support for new titles, including cover and interior designs
  • Support E-book production management


  • Attend staff meetings; meet with the Press Director and other divisional staff to learn the business
  • Production and design presentation assistance, including charts, graphs, and PowerPoint 
Knowledge intern is expected to gain: 
  • Knowledge of the MNHS Press overall business, strategy, and function
  • Experience in all aspects of working with the MNHS Press
  • Design samples for student portfolio
Additional required submissions: 
  • Design and/or Illustration samples