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Refract Fall 2019 Internship

Job Description & Qualifications

Refract: An Open Access Visual Studies Journal seeks a motivated Porter College undergraduate student interested in learning about the publishing process for an academic online journal and in gaining valuable experience working with the editorial team of UCSC graduate students. Refract is an open access graduate student-run journal located in the History of Art and Visual Culture department at Porter College at UCSC. We publish a mix of scholarly and prose style writing as well as visual and alternative media through a digital publishing platform. This internship will be an opportunity to work closely with the editorial board and learn about the day to day operations of publishing an academic journal, as well as gain skills in editing, research, writing, working with digital databases and open access publishing.   

An interest in open access, digital publishing, writing, and/or editing in addition to a background in art history, visual culture, film/new media, art practice, or art writing is preferred, but not required. Training and oversight will be provided by Refract editorial board members. This is a part-time position with an expected time commitment of 5 hours per week over a 10 week period in the Fall quarter, paid hourly at $15.00.  

Duties May Include

  • Available 5 hours per week for duration of Fall quarter

  • Auditing Issue 1 for compliance with open access publishing policy and plagiarism

  • Researching authors, bibliographies, and citations

  • Working with the publisher and digital publishing platform

  • Periodically attending Refract team meetings and reporting on project progress

  • Working closely with editorial board through email and in-person contact

  • Generating social media/marketing content associated with Refract’s Facebook and Instagram pages

  • General administrative assistance

  • Transcribing interviews

Application Process

Please send resume and cover letter detailing your interest in the position to by May 15, 2019.  Interviews will be conducted late May 2019.

Please address any questions to the editorial board at