Electric Book Works Publishing reinvented for the digital age

Internships in book and web production

Electric Book Works is looking for one or more interns to join our production team for three months. We make books for thought-leading organisations, and publish them as beautiful print editions, websites, ebooks and apps. We’re known for being innovative, and for creating positive social change.

You’d learn about our entire production process, and focus on digitising our clients’ content, working alongside senior team members to create finished books. You’d have a full, transparent view of an acclaimed and innovative publishing business.

EBW team members are supercharged with curiosity about how books can be made for paper and for screens. If you know about book, magazine or web production that’s great, but your curiosity is more important than your publishing experience.

When we imagine what you’ve done before, we reckon:

  • you have recently graduated or have at least a year of work experience (part-time or full-time)
  • you have a track record of extra-mural activity, such as leading a club or university society, starting a small business, or contributing meaningfully to a volunteer organisation
  • your work or studies have given you skills in creating and improving content
  • you’re known for being super organised
  • you’re confident with software
  • doing meaningful work that’s good for the world is a priority for you
  • you have happy, healthy relationships with fellow team members.

In this position, you will earn R8000 per month for up to three months. EBW team members use their own computers. If you don’t have one, we’ll loan you money (short-term, interest-free) to help you buy your own. While you will work remotely, you do need to be based in Cape Town for training and team gatherings.

If this sounds like the role for you, write us a letter about that. You can include a link to an online resumé (e.g. on LinkedIn), but really we want to hear your story in your words. Send it to team@electricbookworks.com.

This is an ongoing invitation, so there is no closing date. The sooner you write to us, the better.

Finally, a note on writing your cover letter. The single most important thing about EBW team members is that they are great communicators. Perhaps as a result, over many years, we’ve learned that the quality of a cover letter correlates strongly with both who we hire and with team members who go on to achieve remarkable things at EBW and beyond. Whenever we accept applications for a role, only a few applicants write great cover letters, and they go straight onto our shortlist. We can only interview a small handful of people, so please invest real time and attention in your cover letter, so that we can get to know the real you, right from the start.

last updated 20 February 2021