BCO: Editorial Assistant (S9998C)

Summary, Scope, and Responsibilities

With broad expertise in marketing, journalism, media relations, multimedia, graphic design, and website development, the Bates Communications Office (BCO) tells the college’s story across digital, social, and print platforms to its many audiences, on and off campus.

BCO Editorial Assistants do work that directly supports 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, such as covering the reception desk, photocopying, and making campus deliveries

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: 141 Nichols Street
Email: jburns@bates.edu
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 grasp 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.