We’re looking for talented people to join Team Book.

Current openings:


Teaching Artist, BookUp

The National Book Foundation (NBF) is seeking published authors who have experience working with young people to serve as Teaching Artists for BookUp, a free, after-school book club-style program for middle-school students. This 24-session program meets regularly once per week for 90-minute sessions, plus two Saturday half-day field trips. Participants select up to 12 books to read each year, engage in book club-style discussions and creative response activities, and interact with the local literary community through field trips and author visits. The program is held at partnering sites in:

  • New York City
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Greensboro, NC

All programs will convene in person and will run from September 2021 through June 2022 (exact schedule TBD based on Teaching Artist availability and partner site needs). Teaching Artists report to NBF’s Education Programs Manager.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Lead up to twenty-four 90-minute after-school sessions for approximately 15 students in grades 6 through 8
  • Serve as liaison between NBF, partnering site, and other program stakeholders
  • Create and submit weekly lesson plans
  • Create and submit book order requests
  • Organize and document student work in preparation for a printed anthology
  • Participate in a planning meeting (September 2021)
  • Participate in bi-weekly check-in calls with NBF’s Education Programs Manager; maintain regular email communication
  • Assist with the coordination and facilitation of scheduled author visits, field trips, and culminating event


  • Undergraduate degree in creative writing, literature, or other related field; graduate work preferred
  • At least one published book (or book under contract) preferred
  • Previous experience working with young people required; experience with middle and/or high school students strongly preferred
  • Experience working in an after-school or out-of-school time setting strongly preferred
  • Willingness to travel to program sites, including, for NYC, the outer boroughs
  • A patient, flexible, and collaborative spirit

This position pays a competitive per-session rate.

To apply: send cover letter and resume as PDFs to [email protected] with the subject line: BookUp Teaching Artist. In the body of your email, please indicate which city—New York, Los Angeles, or Greensboro—you are interested in. Review of applications will continue until position is filled, with preference given to applications submitted before August 2.

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



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, and Book Rich Environments, 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 [email protected] 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.