Milkweed Editions offers a four-month intensive introduction to independent book publishing through our nationally recognized internship program. Over the course of the session, interns will assist with projects from all areas of our operation, including editorial, book design, publicity, marketing, online and community engagement, and development (nonprofit fundraising). Interns also have the opportunity to spend time with Milkweed Books, the independent bookstore operated by Milkweed Editions. We try to tailor project assignments to individual interests as much as possible, but please keep in mind that one goal of the internship is for participants to develop an understanding of how each department functions within the context of the others.
The comprehensive approach of our program—working behind the scenes with books from the pre-acquisition stages through to the final point of sale—offers both breadth and depth of experience and introduces interns to a wide range of career trajectories across the industry. Positions are unpaid, but we offer free books, mentorship, and a range of professional development opportunities. College credit is also available.
We are committed to making publishing an increasingly diverse and inclusive industry. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, gender and sexual identities, and disability statuses.
- Read, evaluate, and report on submissions of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry.
- Support creation and maintenance of digital content, including Milkweed's website, blog, newsletters, social media, and more.
- Assist in proofreading, copyediting, and fact-checking materials for all departments, ranging from manuscripts to digital content to fundraising materials.
- Conduct substantial research and analysis, and offer recommendations on various projects, including new initiatives, grant proposals, special markets, and potential acquisitions.
- Assist in planning and execution of author events and fundraising events, including preparing invitations, working with partnering organizations and external vendors, and coordinating logistics.
- Assist in designing and developing publicity materials and marketing collateral, including press releases, catalogs, posters, signage, and galleys.
- Assist in typesetting book interiors and conduct image, color, and typeface research for book design.
- For relevant candidates: Assist or lead in creation and editing of a range of audio, video, and other multimedia content.
- Support a range of administrative tasks, including preparing and executing mailings, maintaining database records, copying, filing, and sorting mail.
- Participate in intern cohort and staff meetings.
- Ambitious, driven, and detail-oriented individual with excellent written, verbal, and organizational skills.
- Ability to work independently and with others, take initiative, and juggle various deadlines.
- Dependability, flexibility, and ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, any audio or video editing tools, photography, and videography are helpful, but not required. (Let us know if you have these skills!)
- A passion for publishing and a curiosity about the inner workings of the industry, as well as a knowledge of contemporary literature, including titles published by Milkweed Editions.
Sessions & Application Deadlines
Interns typically commit to 24 hours per week for a minimum of four months. Internships are to take place at our offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
- SPRING: Mid-January through mid-May. Applications due November 15.
- SUMMER: Mid-May through early September. Applications due March 15.
- FALL: September through December/early January. Applications due August 1.
Applicants should submit the following as one combined PDF via Submittable (link below) no later than the application deadline mentioned above. Incomplete applications will not be guaranteed consideration.
- A cover letter that includes answers to the following questions (your cover letter can be up to two pages):
—What is/has been the focus of your studies? What additional areas of interest or experience do you have beyond the classroom?
—What do you hope to learn during this internship? What kinds of learning opportunities and projects (see details above) sound most exciting to you?
—Help us get to know you as a reader. What have you been reading lately?
- Help us get to know you as a writer (about books) and as a critical thinker. Please select one contemporary book you’d recommend and tell us why. You might include within that recommendation personal response, critique, cultural context, or marketing/positioning. You may include up to one page single-spaced, though a single very articulate paragraph will also do the trick!
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the policy of Milkweed Editions to afford equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, status as a disabled veteran, status with regard to public assistance, or any other protected class recognized by applicable laws.
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