Desperately seeking an intern: TORONTO

Subject: Desperately seeking an intern: TORONTO
From: Candace Bamber <cbamber -at- CASTEK -dot- COM>
Date: Thu, 15 Jul 1999 09:25:48 -0400

I have the opposite problem to "desperately seeking employment" - I have an
internship that I'm having a hard time filling.

This is a 4-month internship, has a very good chance of turning into a full-time
job, and pays very well for an internship. We offer real experience as a
technical writer - you may have to pitch in and help the team collate books on
release day, but you are NOT the file clerk, the copy girl/guy, the gofer, the
job shadower, everybody's little helper, or the coffeemaker. You will not have
to take a turn at reception, answer phones or type letters. We don't have any
"make-work" to give you, either, so if you were hoping for something
low-intensity, this job isn't for you.

You will have to work hard, ask questions, write, analyse, design, think,
interview, edit, re-write, create graphics, make decisions, contribute to
process improvements, learn to use tools, learn our leading-edge technology,
learn at least one business domain (maybe more). Your stay with us will begin
with at least three weeks of intense training. It will also be really fun - the
atmosphere here is outstanding. (Actual position posting is below).

If you would like to contact any of our interns/co-ops to get their view, feel
free to email them with questions:
*Brian App (is currently in a school term and is coming back for a third co-op
term in September): mailto:beapp -at- vortex -dot- uwaterloo -dot- ca
*Jess Angus (is a senior engineering student and with us for the summer):
mailto:jangus -at- castek -dot- com
*Kaori Furue (is a senior Rhetoric and Professional program co-op student
currently in her first of two terms with us): mailto:kfurue -at- castek -dot- com
*Tony Mohr: (spent two co-op terms at Castek and is now at Quarry
Communications); mailto:tmohr -at- quarry -dot- com

Position: Technical Writer Intern

At Castek, we're Putting The Future Together one component at a time. Since
1991, we've been the leading proponents of a better way of developing software
solutions. And in 1995, our leadership in building software for reuse and with
reuse was instrumental in the emergence of Component Based Development - now
widely accepted as a superior way to build more flexible, strategic enterprise
software solutions. Today, Castek continues to lead the way in practical,
enterprise-scale component solutions - fully tested and able to be delivered in
less than half the time of a traditional solution.

We're looking for a new grad with strong desire to learn and contribute, who is
eager to step up to a challenge and who is ready to take full advantage of an
outstanding learning opportunity. During your internship at Castek, you will:
*Be a member of a crack professional writing team, not "just the intern"
*Take responsibility for and execute pieces of work that will continually
stretch the limits of your abilities
*Create high quality information products to aggressive deadlines, including:
- On-line help
- Reference guides
- User Manuals
- Process documents
- Design specifications and use cases
- Intranet newsletter
*Research, write, edit, create graphics, do layout and production, proofread and
*Participate in on-going process improvement initiatives
*Become an expert user of the publishing and graphics software you need for your
resume, including FrameMaker, Robohelp, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and
Acrobat, Visio, MS Office, Front Page and Lotus Notes

The ideal candidate:
*Writes well and wants to write better
*Always has questions and isn't afraid to ask them
*Has solid analytical and critical thinking skills
*Learns fast, works hard and knows how to have fun
*Easily meets the challenge of mastering new technologies
*Has degree work or work history that indicates aptitude for both
science/technology and liberal arts

You'll have a headstart if you also have any of:
*Knowledge of component-based or object-oriented software development
*Familiarity with the insurance industry
*Expertise with FrameMaker, RoboHelp, MS Office and Lotus Notes

This is a great place to work - great people, leading edge technologies.
Thursday is massage day! Casual dress, a wonderful "heritage" office space on
Front Street near the subway with lots of good, inexpensive lunch places nearby
(including a truly great deli!). We have a positive, supportive, optimistic, and
high-energy environment, where everyone is treated with respect. Many social
events, sport teams, extracurricular activities if you're so inclined. Tons of
opportunity for growth.

PLEASE INCLUDE A COVER LETTER with your application to introduce yourself and
tell us why you want to join our team.

Check out our web-site at

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