Nightboat Books Internship Program

The Nightboat Books internship is based in Brooklyn, NY; all applicants are expected to be in the office once a week during the internship period. 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 program is designed to be a dynamic experience, offering the intern a valuable overview of publishing, while also getting opportunities to focus on assignments that interest them. Interns are expected to work 10 hours per week and are paid $15 an hour, receive free books, mentorship, professional recommendations & a jumping off point for a career in 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.

Responsibilities and Qualifications

  • 10 hours a week, in person (following safety guidelines) at our Greenpoint office, for approximately 3 months
  • 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 and 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 book mailings, maintaining database records, copying, filing, and sorting mail
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings
  • Live in New York and can travel to Greenpoint once a week
  • 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 open March 1-March 31.
FALL: September through December. Applications open July 1-31.
SPRING: Mid-January through mid-May. Applications open October 1-October 31.
To apply please upload a resumé and cover letter through Submittable.

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