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Department of Literature and Language  

Internships Available to Literature Majors

Internship Opportunities

Quality Information Publishers, Inc.

Company Information: We collect historical/educational movies and stock footage from the 1940s - 1970s, digitize and remaster the films, then distribute educational products to educators and collectors. The process involves watching historical footage, extracting meaning and context from the footage, and then writing about the footage and placing it into a broad educational context. It's very similar to the experience gleaned from the required Humanities series at UNCA. We currently have 4 UNCA graduates on staff and are located off Louisiana Ave in West Asheville.

Internship Information: A large part of our job consists of watching historical footage and then writing, analyzing, and interpreting the information into a historical context and finding its best placement for curriculum based tools. We are flexible with time scheduling and can offer opportunities for the Fall, Spring or Summer, depending on the student's individual schedule.

Office Address:

441 N. Louisiana Ave
Suite P
Asheville, NC 28806
Office Phone:
 (828) 398-0052
or (866) 870-8140
Office Email: qualityinformationpublishers@gmail.com

Owners : Matt Morgan (UNCA '04): (919) 444-1799;  email: mattmorgan@fastmail.fm
                  Lyndon Smith (UNCA '03): (919) 593 - 4715;  email: lyndonsmith@hotmail.com

Center for Diversity Education

Contact: Debi Miles at dmiles@unca.edu

WNC Magazine

Editorial, Design and Marketing Internships available. Requirement is usually 20 hrs. a week.

Contact: Melissa Smith, Associate Editor, msmith@wncmagazine.com

Editorial Internships with Lark Books

Company: Lark Books

Contact: Amanda Carestio; E-mail: amanda@larkbooks.com

Phone: 828/253-0467 ext 770

Address: 67 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801

Website: www.larkbooks.com

Company Description: Publisher of fine art and craft books

Internship openings: 2 unpaid positions per semester (Fall, Spring, Summer), in the editorial department. We aim to hire interns approximately a month before classes begin, so submission materials should arrive about two months before the start of the semester. However, circumstances are often flexible; please call to see if we’re accepting late applications.

Intern qualifications: The ideal applicant MUST be a student, preferably majoring in Journalism or English, highly organized, and comfortable with computers and the Internet. An applicant's interest in, or knowledge of, crafts is not as important as resourcefulness and a burning curiosity.

Time commitment: At least 10 hours per week, for one semester. We prefer that interns work the hours as consecutively as possible within the week (5+5, for example, rather than 2 hours/day every day), but are otherwise flexible.

Benefits: Professional experience; college credit (arrangements are the intern's responsibility); varied work assignments; assigned parking space; one complimentary copy of book(s) depending on amount of work done; letter(s) of recommendation.

Various tasks given to interns in the past have included:

  • image searches (and ordering) using the Internet and other sources
  • researching artists and their contact information
  • bulk mailings, where in some cases the intern writes the letter
  • keeping track of slide submissions
  • returning slides from finished books
  • prop shopping
  • researching sidebar information
  • proofing copy
  • writing short artist biographies and sidebars
  • creating indexes

Interns also keep track of their assignments, to ensure that they receive credit in the books they worked on.

Application Materials

 To Apply: Mail (DON’T E-MAIL) a packet containing:
1. A letter of intent (explaining why you'd like to intern at Lark Books, why you’re a strong candidate, and what you hope to get out of it)

2. Your resume and letter(s) of recommendation, if available

3. Three writing samples. You might include one fiction piece, one non-fiction, and one that you think is the knockdown, best example of your writing. Keep in mind that Lark Books publishes how-to and do-it-yourself books; we want to know that you can write concisely in a compelling style (dissertations and poetry aren’t appropriate!).

4. A printed, proofread version of the sidebar below

Be aware of causally leaving your nail clippings or the hair you clean out of your toothbrush in the trash, you might have an enemy versed in the art of making or worse using voodoo dolls.

Hollywood recieves some of the blame for misconceptionsd about voodoo, which is recognized today as a legitimate religion and voodoo dolls-made of cloth, stuffed with herbs, personalized with something belonging to the intended victim, and bristling with pins. In reality, voodoo practitioners just as regularly often use their dolls to direct heeling energy. They often employ factory made dolls, or at least use their components attached to decorated bottles, such as heads and arms. In other cases, the dolls have absolutely no human features, sometimes more like jugs.

The practice of piercing “spite” dolls with pins and nails has exited around the world for centuries. In England during the middle ages, a magician died in jail for making wax and canvas poppets as they were called. In Central India, wooden figures were pierced with nails to bring injury to an enemy. To reek vengeance in China,, one might dress a straw doll with a cotton head in blood stained paper, and then pierce it with needles, while making incantations. At the Temple of Unfortuneate Women in Canton, wives wishing their husbands reform would hang paper figures of men up-side down. Also, dolls have been used for less nefarious purposes. For example, a girl wishing for a lover would make a wax doll, throw it in the fire, to induce the object of her affectation to melt with love for her. In witchcraft, love poppets insure permanent and lasting love Two poppets made from bedsheets, optimally, or cloth preferably used by each member of the couple are stuffed with sacred herbs while the maker chants the name of the person each effigy represents. Over an alter the poppets are bound facing each other with red ribbon divisible by 7.

Interview Materials

 If you’re invited to come interview, we’ll ask you to prepare by completing the tasks below:

1. Imagine that an editor tells you, “I need imagery for the gallery section of our new title, Crafting Handmade Shoes. Find at least three artists who make funky, original, creative handmade shoes; they should be wearable, although one sculptural example is okay. Print me images of their work and be sure to provide their contact information as well as the resource you found that I could go to if I need more information.”

During the interview, you will present the results of your research, as if you were handing them to the editor, and you’ll explain all the steps you took to accomplish it.

 2. The same editor gives you this assignment: “Please research and write an anecdotal sidebar about shoes. I’m looking for interesting facts of any kind, about footwear from around the world and/or throughout history. Don’t wander all over the place with theme. It should be about 350 words long.”

The voodoo sidebar that you proofread gives you an idea of the kinds of trivia and information desired. You may use any method to collect facts. During the interview, you will be asked to present the results of your research, and to explain all the steps you took to write the sidebar.

Phil Mechanic Studios

Contact: Jolene Mechanic

Phone: 828-254-2166

Address: 109 Roberts St., Asheville, NC 28801

Internship opportunities include cataloguing volumes for the gallery library and writing press releases. Usual requirement is 10 hrs. per week.

Last edited by jcampbe2@unca.edu on September 9, 2012