Content Development Internships

Hone your writing and communication skills with a content development internship at MousePaw Media. Use your ideas and writing skills to further English education and literacy.

We are currently accepting applications for this internship! Check out the details below, and then tap the << button at far right to learn how to apply. see the sidebar for instructions on how to apply.

Learning Goals

The purpose of the MousePaw Media Content Development Internship is to help young writers and educators hone their writing and communication skills, and equip them to excel in their field.

  1. Learn how to effectively express ideas through storytelling and other creative writing.
  2. Design educational content for a wide range of learners.
  3. Build effective professional communication skills through collaboration with co-workers.
  4. Learn and expand project and time management skills.
  5. Expand understanding of the structure and mechanics of the English language.

Requirements

In addition to the general requirements, applicants should be able to meet the following criteria:

  • Meticulous and detail-oriented, especially with repetitive tasks.
  • Native or bilingual proficiency with English (ILR Level 5).
  • Solid understanding of English concepts, especially grammar.
  • A solid working proficiency with English writing, especially the concepts of creative writing.
  • A willingness to revise and rewrite your work, and to go way outside your stylistic comfort zone.

Content Development Internship Questions

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What is content development?

Content development is the process of designing and writing the educational material that appears in our games. Operation SpyRat: Word4Word focuses on literacy and English language skills.

Am I actually qualified?

If you are passionate about education and have a good grasp of the formal rules of the English language, there is a good chance that you are qualified. Education experience is not required, but it is a major plus.

What will I work on?

You will help create the many types of educational content that will appear in our games: expanding the master word list, crafting sentences, writing and adapting stories, and creating comprehension questions are just a few of the sorts of tasks you'll be working on.

What will I learn?

You'll be learning a lot about professional creative writing, storytelling, editing and proofreading, game and activity design, and how to present educational content to learners of all ages, styles, and abilities.

What software do you use?

We do most of our work on LibreOffice (for documents) and Atom (for plain text). We use Nextcloud for sharing files and real-time collaborative editing. Some of our content is also stored on Git.

Why don't you use [INSERT SOFTWARE]?

First, we use Linux for all our work, so the software must work on that operating system. Second, we use exclusively open source software, both for ethical and budgetary reasons. Third, we have to make sure our files are compatible with the rest of the technology in our game engine. Fourth, the ability to learn and adapt to new software is a vital industry skill for anyone.

What kind of computer and equipment do I need?

Content development interns must have private, administrator access to a computer with the following minimum specifications.

  • Debian-based Linux (at minimum, based on Debian Jessie or Ubuntu 16.04). We can help with setup.
  • RAM: 4GB minimum, 8GB or more recommended.
  • Processor: 2GHz speed or better.
  • Hard Drive: 250GB free space minimum (or 200GB minimum after Linux installation.)
  • Display: 1024x768 minimum.
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection.
  • Webcam.
  • Microphone.

I don't like/know Linux. Can I just use [INSERT OS]?

No. We have many reasons for using Linux at MousePaw Media: compatibility, support, maintainability, expense, and privacy being five big reasons. It is also highly beneficial for any modern professional to learn. Don't worry - we'll help you set it up and learn it. You'll be amazed at how friendly and easy to use it can be!

Will you consider me if I don't know how to write?

You need to have a working proficiency with grammar and English writing - we will not teach you the basics. If you already know the basics, we will help you polish your writing to a professional caliber!

Why do I need to be fluent (ILR Level 5) in English?

A lot of our work involves the technical details of the English language, from advanced grammar and vocabulary to phonetics and linguistics. While English doesn't need to be your first language, you must have a solid understanding to keep up!

More questions?

We're here to help! Contact us at and we'll happily answer any questions you have.

Ready To Apply?

We are currently accepting applications for this internship! Tap the << button at far right to learn how to apply. See the sidebar for instructions on how to apply.