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Publicity Internship

June 17, 2021
Book & Ideas

Employment: Credit-Worthy Internship Job   
Organization: Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York | 972 5th Avenue, New York, NY 
Department:  Book & Ideas Office  
Duration: 6 months, 20 hours per week  
Application: Cover letter (in French and English), resume, writing sample (in a single PDF file)
Start Date: During the summer, to discuss 

The Book Department of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes and supports French and Francophone books through translation and research grants and residency programs and authors tours in the United States. It also cosponsors special events and lectures organized by American cultural institutions in the fields of literature and the social sciences. 

The Book Department seeks an American communication intern. Priority will be given to candidates with experience in communication and with the ability to read French fluently. 
Candidates must possess excellent writing and communication skills, particularly the ability to write short, compelling prose that communicates clearly and arouses interest. Thorough knowledge of diverse media outlets and relationships with media, book reviewers, magazine editors, and bloggers is a plus. Candidates should have a solid knowledge of digital media. 
The intern will work closely with the head of the Book department and his team. 
The intern’s main responsibility will be publicizing French books published in translation, events in New York and all over the US, and authors on tour in the United States.  

Responsibilities include:  

  • Developing contacts lists 
  • Writing and translating promotional materials (newsletters, press releases, etc.) 
  • Updating the Book Department website, Twitter, blog, and other social networks 

The ideal candidate will possess a high degree of creativity and an ability to balance multiple projects simultaneously. 

Internship terms: 
Internships are non-paid positions, although school credit can be arranged.   
Duration: 6 months, 20 hours per week 

During the pandemic we are currently working remotely about half the time, the detailed schedule will be seen with the intern. 

To apply, please send two cover letters (in French and English), a resume, and a short writing sample as well as contact information for two references by e-mail, with the subject line "Book Department 2021 Internship." All documents should be sent in Word or PDF file format. Incomplete applications will not be considered.  

Due to the large volume of applications, we receive, we are only able to contact those candidates selected for an interview. The Cultural Services of the French Embassy admits interns of any race, age, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin. It does not discriminate based on race, age, color, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its internship programs. 

Louise Dodet, Coordinator, Arts Department & Book Office, louise.dodet@frenchculture.org