Summer Student Internship 2015

Clawhammer Press is excited to announce that we again have an opening for a 14 week paid position for an intern and summer staff person starting mid-May and running to August 30th. The only requirements are that the student must be finishing post-secondary school in April and returning to school in September. Preference will be given to students in graphic artist programs or print-making students who are interested in enriching their knowledge of letterpress printing, typography & type history.

The lucky candidate will begin their 30-hour/week internship on May 10 (ideally) and continue through August 30th. Some weeks may have more hours, and opportunities for a week or so off for family visits are negotiable. July and August will see the learning continue, with more responsibilities, including at least two weeks where the intern becomes master of the shop; overseeing all retail sales, printing projects, and daily operation of both retail shop and print studio.

Position includes 24/7 access to a well-equipped letterpress studio, and supplies at cost for personal projects. Interns with initiative may end up with products and projects for sale on commission in our retail shop.

Important: Expressions of Interest will be accepted EXTENDED TO: Friday, April 17th @ midnight. Select hone interviews will take place Saturday & Sunday, and a decision made by Monday, April 20th. This should give the student ample time to find lodging if necessary, and arrange for arrival.

To express your interest in the position, please read carefully and then forward the following information to mike@clawhammer.ca:
1. Your name, phone number, email address
2. Why you are interested in the position.
3. A bit about yourself, your experience and your journey.
4. Some samples of your work or a link to your website/CV.
5. Tell us what you are passionate about regarding typography & letterpress, please be specific.

In addition, please also make sure:
• You spell everything carefully. We like good spellers.
• The email subject line reads: “Internship 2015 – Expression of Interest”.
• You are entirely available from May 10th to August 30.
• You have a creative, open mind that’s ready for learning.

Questions you might have:

1. What can I expect to do during my time there?
Interns can expect to everything that is required in a letterpress shop. This includes type cleaning, sorting, distributing. Sorting… lots of sorting. It can include cleaning up ink, cleaning presses and cleaning shelves. It can also include data entry, inventory, and creating lists. The upside is that it also will include extensive experience hand-setting type, creating photo-polymer plates, operating flatbed proofing presses, platen presses, troubleshooting, creasing, binding, mixing ink, talking to customers, quoting, product ideation, articulation, and production. Also, anything else that we think is necessary, relevant, and will enrich your time and experience at Clawhammer Press. If you don’t like following instructions and doing a variety of tasks cheerfully, please don’t apply. Don’t worry, there will be plenty of time for creativity. Did we mention sorting?

2. Where will I live?
The city of Fernie is not a cheap place to live, but May is a good time to look for a home because the seasonal workers from the hill will be clearing out. We cannot subsidize your living expenses for the four months, but we can assist with looking for a place to live and helping find ways to keep your living expenses at a minimum. We have connections and may be able to find a room/board situation, or a shared accommodation depending on availability and your preference.

3. What is Fernie like?
Fernie is a resort municipality. There is plenty of recreation to be had in the area: hiking, mountain biking, swimming, live music, fly fishing, and whatever else floats your boat for summer entertainment. It’s a great place to spend a summer. The downtown core is full of boutique shops, good coffee, international cuisine, and artsy things to do and see. People move here from all over the world. You’ll like it here I promise.

4. Will I get some time off?
Yes! The hours are somewhat flexible, and we can work together to work out a schedule that works for you. We do expect you to make yourself available when we need you, and you’ll have lots of notice about when that is. Part of the reason we are offering the position is so we can take some holidays, so that is our priority. Any other time we can be quite flexible about when you work your hours for internship and/or summer staff. Additionally, if you have a week planned away with your family already, that’s okay, I’m pretty sure we can work around it.

5. Will we be doing this every year?
That depends. We’ve had good experiences with interns before, and we’ll continue to offer it as long as it makes sense, but we haven’t had a specific position with a set purpose, so if this process goes well we may continue to offer an internship. It is certainly an opportunity that we would have liked to have when we were looking for a place to learn.

6. Are there other opportunities?
Yes… we are open to talking to you. If you have 3-6 weeks and want to come and volunteer your time as an unpaid position here, we can certainly provide that as a work placement and/or intensive learning experience. We’d basically be trading learning and use of the shop in exchange for your labour helping run the shop and learn about letterpress. We don’t have a set program but can work with people to develop something that may work out depending on the person. We’ll do this on a very limited basis, so we reserve the right to say “that’s not going to work for us right now”. We also do custom 1-3 day workshops for individuals and small groups, which is another, less intense option.

More answers will be added as we get asked by potential interns, so don’t hesitate to ask.

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