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Internships at the National Book Foundation

The National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, welcomes applications from individuals seeking internships at the center of an established and active literary nonprofit. Interns assist with a variety of tasks and programs, including the National Book Awards, 5 Under 35, BookUp, Book Rich Environments, Why Reading Matters, and the Innovations in Reading Prize, as well as administrative, marketing and social media projects.

Internships at the National Book Foundation include a robust introduction to the world of literary non-profits, with exposure to aspects of programming, development, community engagement, and operations. Our small and dedicated staff ensures that every intern receives the mentorship and experience necessary to progress in the arts or publishing industry.

Our internships operate on a seasonal calendar, and require a minimum of 16 hours a week (ideally two full work days).

Fall Internships: September – December
Applications due July 1

Spring Internships: January – April
Applications due November 1

Summer Internships: May – August
Applications due March 1

Note: summer internships are limited.

General responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Qualifications: We are looking for a responsible self-starter who is hard-working, detail-oriented, organized, and able to multi-task. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Having a passion for reading and literature is a must.

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship, though a local travel stipend is available. National Book Foundation internships are also eligible for college credit. 

To Apply for An Internship: Send resume, cover letter, and a list of ten favorite contemporary books to with the subject line Internship as well as the season applying for. 

The National Book Foundation is committed to inclusivity and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, ethnicity, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, nationality, marital status, parental status, military service, or disability.


About the Organization: The National Book Foundation was founded in 1989 in order to administer the National Book Awards, which has been one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the country for the past 67 years. The Foundation also runs numerous programs that help connect readers to books in new and meaningful ways. These programs include BookUp, an after-school reading program led by published authors who help middle school students start their first home libraries; 5 Under 35, a prize for young, debut fiction authors each of whom has been selected by writers recognized by the National Book Awards; NBA on Campus, which brings National Book Award Winners and Finalists to colleges around the country; the Innovations in Reading Prize, which supports individuals and organizations engaged in literary activism; and Eat, Drink & Be Literary, a dinner and reading series produced in partnership with the Brooklyn Academy of Music.