Sundress Announces Graphic Design Internship

Sundress Publications Seeks Graphic Design Intern

Sundress Publications is an entirely volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit publishing collective founded in 2000 that hosts a variety of online journals and publishes chapbooks, full-length collections, and literary anthologies in both print and digital formats. Sundress also publishes the annual Best of the Net Anthology, celebrating the best work published online, and the Gone Dark Archives, preserving online journals that have reached the end of their run.

The design internship position will run from November 2019 to April 2020. The design intern will assist with creating flyers & brochures, constructing graphics, book-making, etc. Responsibilities may include designing the interior and exterior of e-books, formatting manuscripts, and/or designing and editing promotional materials.  Applicants must be self-motivated and be able to work on a strict deadline.

Preferred qualifications include: 

  • Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator
  • Experience with book-making, print-making, and/or letterpress 
  • Graphic design experience 
  • Knowledge of contemporary literature a plus

Applicants are welcome to telecommunicate and therefore are not restricted to living in the Knoxville area. 

While this is an unpaid internship, all interns will gain real-world experience in the designing books and promotional materials for a nationally recognized press while creating a portfolio of work for future employment opportunities. Interns will also be able to attend all workshops at the Sundress Academy for the Arts at cost. 

To apply, please send a resume and a brief cover letter detailing your interest in the position by October 15, 2019 to the Managing Editor, Erin Elizabeth Smith, at

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SundressImage Academy for the Arts has become more like a family to me. After graduating from The University of Tennessee, I wanted to continue to surround myself with talented and creative people in order to maintain a creative mindset and enhance my skills as a poet. Not only have I improved as writer but also, I have built relationships with other writers and artists that have further deepened my love for the craft.




At SAFTA we believe that you should write what you know, and I think that by upholding to this standard of writing I have continued to push myself in all aspects of learning, whether by deepening relationships with other artist, exploring nature, learning about other forms of art (i.e. acting, printmaking and painting), or building skills totally outside the realm of creativity.




One of the most memorable and valuable experience I’ve had a SAFTA so far is learning to lay hardwood. This is honestly one of the most random skills that I, as a woman never thought I would learn to do. Working as a volunteer here at SAFTA has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my adult life thus far. I have learned so much about my craft and myself during through my involvement with SAFTA that it has ultimately aided to the complexity of my work and my ability as a writer.  


-Kara Schmieg, SAFTA Development Assistant