Worlds of Words Editorial Assistant Intern for Journals

Sponsor Organization

Worlds of Words


Worlds of Words seeks a highly motivated individual with an interest in academic publications for an editorial internship in our collection located on the fourth floor of the College of Education. This internship allows individuals to participate in all areas of WOW’s online academic publications from call for manuscripts to publication. Though the position emphasizes editorial work, there will be opportunities for light writing and research as well.

Reports to: Coordinator of Outreach and Collections and the Journal Editors

Duties include:

  • Working with the Coordinator and Editors to solicit submissions for the online journals, WOW Stories and WOW Review
  • Working with the Editors and Authors to ensure all deadlines are met (submissions, revisions, and final edits)
  • Copy editing, fact checking and optimizing the online journals
  • Preparation of social media updates
  • Carrying out light administrative tasks

Duties may include:

  • Collaborating with and assisting other members of the WOW outreach team
  • Selection and digital manipulation of images for publication
  • Providing patron service in person, on the phone and online
  • Researching and deploying alternative publication formats
  • Assisting co-workers with events

Hours and compensations


Interns will be scheduled for 8.5 to 9 hours each week. WOW allows for a flexible schedule. While we will track the hours the Editorial Assistant Intern puts in to report back to the University of Arizona English Department, we are more interested in the completion of tasks.


This is an unpaid internship; however this qualifies for the 3-credit internship for ENGL 393 or equivalent.


Direct experience with primary researchers who are currently publishing their work. Exposure to the book industry and current literary climate. Previews of unpublished and newly published books for children and teens. Networking opportunities and job skills development. Publication by-lines. Relevant skills in online platforms. A fun and engaging work environment located on campus.


  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent writing and proofreading skills
  • Ability to type 40+ wpm
  • Strong research skills
  • Familiarity with Associated Press style and American Psychological Association style
  • Ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to work effectively on a team
  • Familiarity with Macs and MS Word
  • Familiarity with WordPress desired, but not required

How to apply

Send a cover letter, resume and two short nonfiction writing samples or excerpts of no more than 500 words. E-mail preferred: Send e-mail with Word or PDF attachments to Rebecca Ballenger at Please put “Editorial Intern” as the subject header. We will contact you only if you have been selected for an interview.