Hi! Let's talk about how you can ruin your life and lose your friends by working for Autostraddle!
We're ONLY looking for Interns who are one or both of the following:
+ a Photoshop/InDesign expert
+ a video editor with Final Cut
Interested candidates should send in samples that best showcase their specific expertise, as well as an explanation of availability and a resumé that clearly outlines training and experience.
We're ALWAYS looking for Writers who are web-savvy, have a unique, well-developed style and voice, lots of their own ideas and online writing experience (a personal blog counts) and basic knowledge of HTML. Your grammar and spelling should be perfect. Interested candidates should be prepared to write articles between 600 and 800 words on short notice and bring some kind of expertise to the table.
What are your areas of expertise? Not sure? Well I bet you're an expert at something. We'd like someone who knows what's up in one or more of the following areas:
+ trans issues
+ racial issues
+ visual art
+ health & medicine
If this isn't you, but you have a lot to say about your vintage fixed-gear Raleigh or how to make an actual American quilt, you should still apply! Someone probably cares about what you care about, and chances are, it's us!
Interested? Here's who you need to contact:
laneia [at] autostraddle [dot] com
We won't look at any applications that don't include ALL of the following things:
1. Resumé (preferably as a PDF or on a webpage, no Word attachments EVER)
2. Areas of expertise and levels of expertise. There should be at least three issues you feel comfortable producing content about without needing to spend too much time on background research. E.g., "lesbian pop culture in the '90s," "Don't Ask Don't Tell," "Riot Grrrl," "underwear shopping" or "same-sex marriage laws" or "how to have lesbian sex!"
3. Three links to your writing online. This can be your personal blog, fancy publication, Tumblr, Twitter or ANYTHING AT ALL that best reflects your voice and abilities.
4. What do you want to write about? Send at least two story ideas.
5. What's your availability?
6. Why the hell you want to do this?
7. What is your propensity for dropping out of college or having a mental breakdown? Because we hate that shit.
Special Note: Unfortunately, having a passionate love for Autostraddle isn't enough to make a good intern/writer/editor. This makes us sad too, 'cause we wish we had time to hire and work with everybody! But we don't. And just because we don't have space for you on the team doesn't mean that we don't want to keep seeing your face commenting and appreciating and sharing and tweeting and being part of the conversation. There's something specific we look for, so please don't take it personally if you don't hear back from us. You're still a very special, important snowflake!
No need to send a cover letter -- just answer the questions listed above. If we like one of your story ideas, we'll ask you to write a guest post (at least 600 words). Then we'll edit that sucker and publish it on Autostraddle! If it goes well and everyone seems cool and you're not a pain in the neck to work with, you could be asked to write some more guest posts. We also secretly audition you in reply-all emails, which is a lot of fun for us.
Please don't apply if you can't meet deadlines, don't understand proper sentence structure, can't reply to emails, aren't funny, are addicted to more than two substances or don't have any free time. This isn't a hobby (though it pays like one!) and revolutions don't make themselves.