Mochi is run entirely by an incredible staff of volunteers who believe in our mission, ranging from college students to recent grads in the workforce. We are always looking to add to our team with editors, writers, designers, marketing representatives, and more. The volunteer positions require anywhere from one to five hours a month, depending on our publishing schedule. We ask for a one-year commitment, especially in the more senior roles, though exceptions can be made. Mochi does not have an office space, so most communication takes place online. We welcome all applications, and selected applicants will interview with a Mochi representative.
To apply to any of our open positions, please send your resume and a cover letter answering the following questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Which position are you applying for?
Please describe any relevant experience you have had
Why do you want to work for Mochi Magazine?
How did you find out about Mochi Magazine?
Editorial: Include 3 writing samples and 3 story ideas
Creative: Include a link to your portfolio
All applications should be sent to email@example.com.
EDITORIAL - FASHION EDITOR:
Mochi Magazine is seeking a fashion editor to cover trends, news, runway shows, models, fashion designers and more. The ideal candidate lives and breathes fashion news and has a pulse on relevant stories for a young Asian American audience.
Must love fashion and read various fashion publications and blogs
Must pitch, write and edit stories for the fashion section
EDITORIAL - SOCIAL MEDIA COORDINATOR:
Mochi Magazine is seeking a social media coordinator to post daily to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media platforms. The coordinator’s role will assist in quarterly magazine issue promotion, including writing metadata/SEO and social posts for each issue’s stories. This staff member will also develop special seasonal promotions and ideas for lesser used platforms, including Pinterest, Tumblr, etc, as well as monitor social channels and be the face of Mochi as they interact with follows. The ideal candidate should have prior experience through a previous or current position and is one of the first to know about new social media trends.
Experience in gathering and analyzing social media data
Must have working knowledge of SEO and social media platforms
Understand what catches the attention of social media users
CREATIVE - ART DIRECTOR:
Mochi Magazine’s Art Director is the creative spirit behind the art and graphics in the magazine. This position requires not only a commitment to art, but also strong management/coordination skills, as the Art Director oversees the Art Staff.
Solid time management and dependable communication skills
Strong knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator
CREATIVE - PHOTO DIRECTOR:
Mochi Magazine is looking for an enthusiastic photo director to managing photography projects and other creative tasks. Tasks include overseeing the photography team, pitching photo illustrations and products for stories, and then uploading images to our website. The ideal candidate should demonstrate self initiative and desire to support the photography team members in the success and timely submission of projects. The person would also have a keen eye to create the perfect image. Our photo director will be expected to work closely with our creative director, art director, and other staff photographers.
Solid time management and dependable communication skills
Strong knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or other photo editing software
Experience in planning and executing photoshoots
Have access to lightboxes and other photo equipment
Must be based in the greater NY or greater LA regions
The Campus Ambassador Program offers leadership opportunities for college students who are interested in serving and representing Mochi Magazine on their campuses.
Campus Ambassadors bring and maintain visibility of Mochi Magazine at their campus by executing a high-visibility publicity campaign to reach students who would be interested in joining Mochi Magazine. This may include representing Mochi Magazine at orientation/student organization sign up events, posting on student/student activity forums, sharing Mochi’s social media posts, hanging flyers, launching effective email campaigns, and providing social media copy with updates on the Asian American community on campus. All Campus Ambassadors will get a welcome kit with Mochi swag to bring to events.
What are the benefits of joining?
Gain experience in how to grow a digital publication and nonprofit organization
Receive mentorship from Mochi’s leadership
Network with Asian American industry leaders
Become a member of Mochi’s close-knit community
Increase Asian American women’s representation in media
In this volunteer position, Campus Ambassadors have a unique opportunity to develop their professional skills in ideating and executing marketing strategies and networking while gaining an understanding of how a digital publisher operates.
This position is an excellent opportunity for individuals who are interested in applying to marketing, social media, communications and/or nonprofit internships.
How do I become a Campus Ambassador?
Must be an enrolled college student
Demonstrate strong communication and interpersonal skills
Exhibit leadership, initiative, dependability, and enthusiasm for Mochi’s mission
Duration: Each ambassadorship will last a semester
Expected weekly commitment: 1-3 hours
NOTHING HERE DESCRIBES YOU?
Even if you don't see an open position that fits you, we're still interested! Send a resume and cover letter indicating what kind of role you'd like to have at Mochi to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mochi staff and alumni share how they found out about Mochi, why they joined, and what it led to.
I got involved with Mochi through meeting Maggie Hsu at an event. Through Mochi Magazine, I have met many very talented people. I started Mochi as a recruiter and had the chance to speak to many passionate candidates- many of them are currently taking active roles on the Mochi team. I am really excited to see what Mochi would become in the future, and how it would continue to empower Asian American women.
I found Mochi through an Ed2010 posting for a Blog Editor and was intrigued. An online site for Asian American teen girls?? Where was this when I was 16? Through Mochi, I met many talented women who are passionate about a spectrum of issues girls face—from relationships to fashion to politics. And getting this writing and web experience was great for when I applied for jobs later at Cosmo and the website for The Colbert Report.
I started writing for Mochi in the summer of 2012. I found myself drawn to internships in the beauty editorial industry but never had an opportunity to pitch ideas or write articles. I was so excited when I saw that Mochi was looking for a beauty editor and immediately applied. When I originally sent in my application, I thought I’d be writing only beauty stories, but I’ve had a lot of great opportunities to interview amazing people inside and outside of the beauty industry. Mochi has been great for my personal and professional growth!
As an Asian American growing up in Hawaii, I was always surrounded by great Asian American role models. However, I felt that there wasn’t a specific voice in the media world that represented the viewpoint of young Asian Americans, especially for girls. I met a Mochi writer at an event in LA while I was in college, and after talking with her about the publication I was immediately interested in contributing.
I got involved because I love fashion and writing and wanted to explore this outlet further and Mochi Magazine was a great place to start this. I love the people I get to work and meet with. My most memorable experience was our Spring 2013 Self Made issue because I got the chance to style Ellen Wong! She was great and super fun to work with.
One of my classmates from Chinese school contacted me about the Director of Recruiting position at Mochi. Given my interest in working in admissions and recruiting, I hopped on! I love the people I interact with. Everyone’s full of energy and exciting ideas! My most memorable Mochi experience was doing the photo shoot for Ellen Wong, one of the actresses in The Carrie Diaries and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World. She commented how comfortable my high heels were!
I met Stephanie Wu, our editor-in-chief and co-founder, at an event the summer after I graduated college. Steph and I connected really well and she told me about Mochi. Growing up, there wasn’t a magazine or online publication that spoke to Asian American teens and their struggle to combine the two cultures. Mochi is that magazine, and I wanted to be a part of its mission. What I like most about Mochi is being part of a strong community of successful and ambitious young women who are making a difference. Our staff comes from various career backgrounds and interests, and coming together to share our ideas and put out a great issue every season is the most rewarding experience.
I found out about Mochi when the co-founders spoke on a panel at the ITASA East Coast Conference held in NYC. I had been thinking about ways to explore my journalistic interests and thought this was a great way to start writing and get more involved in the Asian American community. The best part about working with Mochi is getting to meet other members of the staff who all come from diverse backgrounds and places in their lives.
I started Mochi because of a girl named Rayne. In high school, I joined a big sib program for adopted children from Asia. I quickly realized that girls like Rayne didn’t have traditional support systems and needed a community of other Asian American “sisters” with which to explore their heritage. I met Rayne when she was 4 and cannot believe that she herself is in high school today!
Working with Mochi Magazine was inspiring and absolutely helped paved the way for my current job at Ketchum PR. I learned how to promote a publication from the ground up and manage a small staff at an early stage in my career. One of the most rewarding experiences was being able to speak at the ASPIRE (Asian Sisters Participating In Reaching Excellence) conference in 09, while still in college! I remain a huge supporter of the magazine and volunteer to help out at events whenever possible!
As an avid magazine reader, I always noticed the lack of of Asian American females as models and writers. When I discovered Mochi, I was thrilled to see that it was a publication both for Asian American females and by Asian American females, and knew I had to get involved somehow. I love the community of strong Asian American women on staff. Our brainstorm sessions before each issue is when we all really come together and work as a team. The diversity and talents each individual brings to the table is what makes Mochi.