We’re looking for talented people to join Team Book.
As a response to the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic, all internships at the National Book Foundation will be held remotely until further notice.
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
Internships are open to students currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate course of study; priority is given to applicants who will be receiving course credit for their internship.
General responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Assisting with National Book Award entries and procedures
- Helping with the coordination of National Book Awards Week events and related materials
- Receiving and sorting National Book Award Ceremony RSVPs and related correspondence
- Supporting education and public program initiatives through event assistance, materials management, and program tracking and documentation.
- Contributing to the National Book Foundation’s social media outlets.
- Editing of press releases and marketing materials
- Assisting at events outside working hours.
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: Internships are unpaid; a local travel stipend is available.
To Apply for An Internship: Send resume, cover letter, and a list of ten favorite contemporary books to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Internship as well as the season applying for. In the body of your email, please indicate where you are enrolled as a student, and whether you will be receiving course credit.
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 mission of the National Book Foundation, presenter of the National Book Awards, is to celebrate the best literature in America, expand its audience, and ensure that books have a prominent place in American culture. The Foundation approaches this work from three programmatic angles: Awards & Honors, recognizing exceptional authors, literature, and literary programs; Education & Access initiatives, helping young and adult readers develop a lifelong passion for books; and Public Programs, bringing acclaimed authors to communities nationwide to engage in conversations about books and the power of literature as a tool for understanding our world, cultivating meaningful discourse around the issues of our age. Information on all of the Foundation’s programs can be found online at nationalbook.org.