CO: Editorial Assistant (S9998C)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities

The Bates Communications Office (BCO) tells the college’s story through marketing materials, news and feature articles, Bates Magazine, social media, and the news media to audiences on and off campus.

BCO Editorial Assistants directly support BCO’s creation of editorial content — that is, with a focus on writing — for publication and distribution:
– transcribing audio interviews for BCO stories
– formatting campus event information for publication
– proofreading stories for Bates Magazine and Bates News
– doing research and fact-checking for BCO stories and editorial projects
– conducting interviews with faculty and students
– writing journalistic stories for Bates News (if interested)
– general office duties.

BCO staffers represent broad expertise in marketing, journalism, media relations, multimedia, graphic design, and website development. Past BCO Editorial Assistants have found this position to be a valuable way to gather journalistic writing samples for a portfolio; gain exposure to the everyday workings of the media and communications industries; and absorb helpful experience in writing and editing, as well as basic office practices.

The Basics

Department: Communications
Supervisor: Jay Burns
Office Location: Lane Hall 007
Pay Grade:
Hours: 6-8
Workers: 2

Qualifications, Requirements, and Responsibilities


Applicants should: Be fluent in English; be able to take direction and learn quickly; have a good eye for and understanding of grammar, spelling, and word usage. Welcome, but not required: Strong writing skills; curiosity about current events; understanding of the structure and style of news and feature articles; interest in trying to understand and explain how things work.


Editorial Interns work closely with the BCO editorial staff, including news writers Doug Hubley and Emily McConville; editorial director and Bates Magazine editor Jay Burns; and office coordinator Kirsten Burns.


This is primarily a desk position, but can involve covering various events on campus as needed/if interested.