As an intern for Six-Word Memoirs® from SMITH Magazine, you’ll have opportunities to write for the site, generate ideas for new projects, and participate in as much or little of the making of an online community as you desire. There’s some grunt work (spreadsheets, mailings, working the table at our events), but what you’ll mainly be doing is getting hands-on, practical experience at the ground level of a hot storytelling community. We will ask you to research, copyedit, and spread stories across the net to appropriate sites and you’ll be working on our daily newsletter. You should be very interested in social media and be ready to immerse yourself in our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Tumblr platforms. You’ll be working with people with years of experience at some of the top spots in the industry from Wired to ESPN to Tumblr and Salon—and making friends.

Who We’re Looking For: Editorial Interns
College students or recent graduates who can work 10-15 hours a week either virtually or in our Manhattan office for a minimum of three months. You need to be smart, creative, self-motivated, professional, and have a passion for storytelling and a penchant for social media. The well-intentioned but ultimately unreliable really should not apply. You should know WordPress and Excel, or be willing to learn both right away. And seriously, do a gut check—we work too hard to have time for flakes.

Before you even begin the intern application, get in the mix! Create a profile and write, read, share Six Words in our various topic areas on SixWordMemoirs.com. Comment on the stories of others that move you, and post some of your favorites from the site to Facebook and Twitter. If Six Words delights you as it does us, then you’re ready to apply for an internship.

How to apply:
Send an email to: “news [at] smithmag.net” with your resume and a short cover letter telling us why you’re interested in an internship. And complete these three assignments, with #4 as a bonus:

  • 1. Look through recent Six-Word Memoirs and tell us which 10 among the last 100 that have been submitted you think should be featured as an “editor’s pick.”
  • 2. Pick a topic (e.g. “summer,” “insomnia,” “California,” “hell”) and search for Six-Word Memoirs on the topic. Write a 50 to 100-word intro introducing that topic and then list ten Six-Word Memoirs you like on it with a link to the author below each one.
  • 3. Tell us six Six-Word prompts or challenges (e.g. “School’s out: What’s your first move?”) you think would get a great response on SMITH Teens.
  • 4. Seek out a celebrity—Internet famous is fine—and get his or her Six-Word Memoir or Six Words of Advice.
  • Who We’re Looking For: Design Interns
    Six-Word Memoirs from SMITH Magazine design intern be doing things as un-glamorous and basic as updating our media kit and other company materials. At the same time, if you’re psyched, motivated and in sync with what Six and SMITH are all about, you could be working on things as cool as creating artful presentations of Six-Word Memoirs, designing T-shirts, working on invite and on-site visuals for live events, and helping up develop our audio and visuals projects across our online and offline platforms.

    Requirements: In-Design & PowerPoint (both a must); WordPress (not required by recommended); a calm, flexible demeanor.

    How to apply:
    Send an email to: “news [at] smithmag.net” with your resume and a short cover letter telling us why you’re interested in a SMITH Magazine design internship and we’ll take it from there.

    The ideal candidates are students or recent grads who can work five to eight hours a week either virtually or in our very fun Manhattan office (near Union Square) for a minimum of three months. You need to be smart, creative, self-motivated, professional, and have a passion for storytelling. The well intentioned but ultimately flaky should not apply.

    Stipend
    No pay for the first six weeks, then a $50 a month stipend if you’re still with us. If you’re motivated and reliable you’ll also see the occasional bonus.

    Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please send attachments in Word or Rich Text format.