Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Special Event Planning Internship

Special Event Planning internships are intended for qualified applicants seeking hands-on experience in event planning and PR—especially related to nonprofits. Ideal candidates will have excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organization and management abilities, and a self-starting attitude.

The Special Event Intern will work closely with the Development Associate and Development Assistant to plan and organize Red Hen’s largest fundraiser of the year—our anniversary event—which annually attracts 300+ attendees, including some of the nation’s most acclaimed authors. Responsibilities may include: Contacting authors and other contacts for ticket/table/advertisement sales; researching, applying for, and communicating with potential corporate sponsors and auction item donors; sending out invitations; co-coordinating LA County intern; working with publicity and marketing departments to publicize the event; working with the production department to design and create items for the event; maintaining an up-to-date log and database of all mailing and contact information; providing general Special Event Planning support such as data entry, filing, scanning, database maintenance and upkeep, and other administrative duties; and providing general office support and upkeep as needed.

Internship benefits include free workshops and presentations on various topics taught by our experienced staff; an intern luncheon and Q&A with our Managing Editor and Publisher; invites to Red Hen readings and events; complimentary books; and course credit, if applicable.

Red Hen Press has served both local and national communities as Southern California’s largest nonprofit literary publisher for 20 years. Our mission is to discover and publish works of literary excellence, support diversity, and foster youth literacy.

-Previous experience with fundraising, event planning, PR, and marketing (not required but strongly preferred)
-An ability to commit to 16–24 hours per week for 4–6 months
-A completed or in-progress undergraduate degree (at least 2 years completed by requested internship season) in a relevant field (i.e. English, Communication, etc.)
-Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-Excellent research abilities and a meticulous attention to detail
-A self-starting attitude and ability to maintain deadlines, multi-task, and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment without close supervision
-Strong ability to work both independently and collaboratively
-Computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office and Windows 7
-Background in publishing (not required but preferred)

**Please note: candidates applying for the summer session of this internship may be required to meet additional criteria. See the internship posting here.**

To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and Red Hen to: jobs[at]redhen.org

Make sure to include “Special Event Internship” in your subject line. Only PDF and .doc/.docx files will be considered.

Interested candidates should submit their materials and applications by the following dates:
Summer: May 31
Fall: August 31
Winter/Spring: November 30
Rolling internships: Ongoing application acceptance.

Please apply to only one internship at a time; if you are interested in more than one position, please apply to your first choice and indicate your second choice in your cover letter.
All applications that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.