Summer Editorial Assistant Internship with RHINO Poetry

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RHINO is a national/international independent print poetry journal, now working on our 40th anniversary issue. We are based in the Chicago area. RHINO editors look for the best in contemporary poetry, poetry in translation and flash-fiction. We welcome all styles, and value work that is well-crafted, reflects passion, originality, engagement with contemporary culture, and a love affair with language.

RHINO is seeking one or two promising poets with at least one year of graduate school, to serve as summer editorial assistants. In addition to a primary responsibility to assist with reading, commentary and discussion of submissions, interns will have the opportunity to observe and contribute to all aspects of the print journal’s operation.


  • Read submissions and comment in writing about poems as part of the editorial team
  • Attend fortnightly RHINO editorial meetings (usually on a Thursday evening, in Evanston or Glencoe, Illinois) and to participate in discussions of poems
  • Assist with events
  • Assist with social media marketing
  • Other duties as assigned



  • BA and at least one year of relevant graduate school
  • A love of poetry and a desire to learn about journal operations
  • Demonstrated ability to provide thoughtful commentary and informed analysis of contemporary poetry
  • Ability to work cooperatively in a team-oriented environment
  • General knowledge of contemporary poetry and its traditions
  • Broad curiosity and a non-ideological approach to reading and thinking about poems
  • Discretion and generosity of spirit



  • 15 hours a week. With the exception of fortnightly meetings and occasional events, interns will be able to schedule their time flexibly


  • A modest stipend of $500 is provided for the Summer. Housing and other income will be the intern’s responsibility


Please mail the following to RHINO/ P.O. Box 591
 / Evanston, IL 60204, and mark the envelope “RHINO Summer Editorial Assistant Internship”, or send to

  • A letter of application stating qualifications
  • A resume or CV
  • 2 samples of analytic writing about poetry (3-5 pages)
  • 3-5 poems
  • 2 references with contact information, one of whom is a literature/poetry teacher with whom the applicant has studied
  • A graduate school transcript listing coursework (photocopy accepted)


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Deadline for application: April 30, 2015




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