Nightboat Books Internship Program

The Nightboat Books team is pleased to announce its independent publishing internship program! The internship will have three sessions annually: Summer, Fall and Spring. The program is designed to engage interns in all aspects of literary publishing: editorial, marketing, publicity, online and community engagement, fundraising and development, and other aspects of the publishing industry. This is designed to be a dynamic experience, offering each intern a valuable overview of publishing, with opportunities to focus on assignments that interest them. We offer a modest stipend, free books, mentorship, professional recommendations & a jumping off point for aspiring writers, editors, booksellers and publishers into the world of independent, literary publishing.

Nightboat Books, a nonprofit organization, seeks to develop audiences for writers whose work resists convention and transcends boundaries, by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence and risk. We are committed to publishing complicated work by a diverse group of writers. We encourage people of all backgrounds, ages, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses to apply.


While we are going forward with our Summer 2020 Internship, it’s likely that a portion of the session will be entirely remote & virtual. See our official update on COVID-19 here.

Apply to our summer 2020 internship program!


Responsibilities and Qualifications

  • 16 hours a week at our Greenpoint office, for approximately 3 months.
  • Read and evaluate, submissions of prose and poetry.
  • Support creation and maintenance of digital content, including the Nightboat website, blog, newsletter, social media, and more.
  • Support in planning book launch events and logistics such as venue, lineup and promotion.
  • Proofread, copyedit and fact check manuscripts & publicity packets.
  • Conduct research on reviewers, magazines, venues.
  • Read our forthcoming books and draft pitches for outlets.
  • Assist with administrative tasks, including preparing and executing. mailings, maintaining database records, copying, filing, and sorting mail.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings.
  • Passionate commitment to literature and desire to support Nightboat authors.
  • Excellent written, verbal, organizational skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team while on a deadline
  • Creative problem solving abilities as well as excitement about the fast paced world of publishing.
  • Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, any audio or video editing tools, photography, and videography are helpful, but not required.

Internship Sessions & Application Deadlines

SUMMER: Mid-May through late August. Applications due in April.
FALL: September through December. Applications due in August.
SPRING: Mid-January through mid-May. Applications due in November.
To apply please upload a resumé and cover letter through Submittable.