Intern Position for the Journal of the American Academy of Religion

This position has been filled.


The Journal of the American Academy of Religion (JAAR), housed at Claremont Graduate University, is seeking a student intern to work half-time for ten weeks during the months of June, July, and August (exact dates are flexible; some work can be done from home and allowances for vacation are possible if additional work is done in previous or following weeks).  The stipend will be $3000.  The JAAR intern will have the opportunity to see and participate in the entire process of scholarly publication, from reviewing submissions, to selecting peer reviewers, to copy editing, to working with typesetters to achieve the final product. JAAR is also heavily involved with book reviews, both in the journal itself, and in an ancillary website, Reading Religion. The intern will log in received books, tag them with relevant data, assist in the process of selecting suitable reviewers, and prepare reviews for publication, both online and in print. The intern will have the opportunity to communicate with publishers, editors, and authors. This is a great opportunity to learn the ins-and-outs of scholarly print and digital publishing.

Primary tasks of the JAAR intern include:
•    Reading manuscript submissions and being sure they are properly blinded for peer review.
•    Creating and maintaining a database of publishers whose books we review, and also scholars who can help us identify useful industry contacts and potential reviewers. This will involve implementing and expanding relevant keywords, email addresses, pictures, URLS, etc. as needed.  Experience with Filemaker Pro is a plus, but is not required.
•    Entering information on books under review into the back end of our new website.
•    Fact-checking information provided by other staff members.
•    Correctly formatting reviews as they are received so they are ready for copy-editing.
•    Other administrative tasks as needed.
The ideal JAAR intern will be organized, focused, and comfortable working with language, databases, and the journal’s editors.  An ideal position for a religious studies or English major, or anyone interested in learning more about the field of scholarly publishing.  Please send statement of interest and resume to: Cynthia Eller,