FALL 2018 EDITORIAL INTERNSHIP: PAID (September 1-November 1)


Cider Spoon Stories is Austin's premier ghostwriting and editing service. It was founded by Jessica Hagemann in 2015 to help seniors, veterans, small business owners, and others write and share their stories with the world. As the business grows, Jess seeks a Student Intern (age 16 to 29) to assist with the following:

Intern duties may include

  • Transcribing client interviews
  • Editing articles, blogs, and book manuscripts
  • Writing for the Cider Spoon blog
  • Managing Cider Spoon’s social media accounts
  • Co-teaching Cider Spoon workshops
  • Other opportunities as they arise

Intern MUST:

  • Expect approximately 5 hours of work/week
  • Respond to EVERY email within 36 hours
  • Maintain client confidentiality
  • Have a car or access to reliable transportation (and be willing to travel in-town)
  • Be available on the following dates/times:
    • October 11 (11:00-1:30p)
    • October 18 (11:00-1:30p)
    • October 25 (11:00-1:30p)
    • November 1 (11:00-1:30p)
  • Attend weekly check-in meetings over Skype, phone, or in-person

Intern can expect to learn

  • How to edit according to Chicago Manual of Style standards
  • Book layouts using Adobe InDesign
  • How to navigate standard contracts and non-disclosure agreements
  • An increased respect for and facility with the English language
  • Elements of storytelling and narrative arc, including how to identify a book's 'desire line'
  • Customer service skills
  • Insight into the writing, editing, and publishing industries
  • Personalized mentoring from a successful entrepreneur


Should Intern successfully complete the 12-week internship, s/he will receive a $500 stipend. As the position is that of an independent contractor, Intern is responsible for withholding and paying applicable taxes.



  • Have an interest in reading, writing, and editing
  • Be detail-oriented and enjoy sometimes-tedious work
  • Have a naturally good editorial eye (i.e., quick to catch grammatical errors, and able to suggest [or research] alternatives)
  • Be familiar with or willing to learn Chicago Manual of Style formatting standards and Adobe InDesign
  • Have excellent and professional communication skills (both in-person and over email)
  • Enjoy working independently with minimal oversight once trained
  • Be open-minded and comfortable with controversial subject matter (may include working for clients in the LGBTQ community)


Email your resume, a letter of interest, and links to 3 relevant writing samples to Jess at ciderspoon@gmail.com.