Spring Internship Opportunity!

Downtown Bookworks is a children’s publishing and packaging company whose mission is to raise a new generation of book lovers such that every one of their books is carefully designed to engage, inspire, and feel good in small hands. They would like to hire an intern to work in their office two days a week.

If you are really smart and resourceful, willing and eager to learn everything there is to know about children’s book publishing, and excited by the idea of joining a small, growing company, keep reading. The internship at Downtown Bookworks will involve:

  • Research and writing on a range of subjects from history, science, and nature to kids’ crafts and activities
  • Editing, fact-checking, and proofreading
  • Marketing and publicity through social and digital media as well as print
  • Compiling art and photo logs
  • And even arts and crafts projects, components sourcing, and much more

Their dream candidate is creative, detail-oriented, technically savvy, and easygoing. The office is busy and buzzing – an excellent place to dive in and really learn the business by doing a bit of everything.

To apply for this internship position, please email your cover letter and resume to Julie Merberg at julie@downtownbookworks.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.

Spring Internship Opportunity!

SmileyBooks, an imprint founded by New York Times bestselling author and broadcaster, Tavis Smiley, is looking for an editorial intern for Spring 2012 to work in its New York City office. This is a wonderful opportunity to see how good ideas become great books. Interns will have the opportunity to experience New York’s publishing world with a 25-year industry veteran. Assignments will include administrative duties, reading and reviewing queries and proposals, and participation in editorial meetings. While this internship is unpaid, a small stipend may be given upon completion of the internship for exemplary work.

Applicants must have an interest in multicultural publishing and excellent communication and organizational skills. Rigorous attention to detail is required.

To apply for this internship position, please email cover letter and resume to Kirsten Melvey at kmelvey@hayhouse.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at jkinneydenning@pace.edu.

Literary Agency Internship Opportunity!

Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency is a boutique literary agency that has been in business over 25 years, and the agents there are proud to represent quality authors and illustrators of Children’s and YA books, as well as upmarket Adult fiction and non-fiction across all genres. Some of CSLA’s clients include: Daniel Handler, the mastermind behind the Lemony Snicket series as well a variety of adult novels, Mark Kurlansky, author of Salt: A World History, Eve Ensler, author of The Vagina Monologues, YA author Nina Malkin, Pulitzer Prize winning historian Diane McWhorter, and prolific illustrators, Maira Kalman and Frank Viva.

Duties for will be both editorial and clerical: reading author queries and current client works, writing reader’s reports, proofreading proposals, scanning, filing, sorting mail, and general office tasks. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about all aspects of publishing – how books are discovered, polished, sold, and brought to market.

Candidates should be motivated, detail-oriented, well-organized, and responsible, with excellent communication skills and an ability to multi-task in a fast-paced working environment. Some experience critically evaluating fiction and non-fiction work is preferred, as well as a love of books and a strong interest in the publishing business.

To apply for this Spring internship position, please email cover letter and resume to Mackenzie Brady at mackenzie@sheedylit.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.

Spring Internship Opportunity!

February Partners, a boutique public relations and marketing firm based in New York’s Union Square, has an opening for a Public Relations and Social Media Marketing intern. They are looking for an extremely motivated, detail-oriented intern to assist on publicity and social media marketing campaigns for high profile books and authors. This is a great opportunity gain invaluable hands-on experience in the world of public relations, marketing, and book publishing.

They are looking for candidates with strong writing and organizational skills, experience with online and social media, and the ability to communicate effectively. Responsibilities include supporting executive staff, performing administrative duties, and assisting with major publicity and marketing campaigns. Previous PR experience is a plus, but not necessary. Candidates need to be able to work 15-20 hours a week beginning January 2012-March 2012.

If interested, please email your resume, cover letter, and a writing sample for immediate consideration to kimberly@februarypartners.com. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.

Marketing Intern Opportunity!

Springer Publishing Company seeks an intern to work part-time (two days per week) through the spring semester (January-May) in their fast-paced marketing department.  They are an independent academic publisher with a growing books and journals publishing program. A monthly stipend will be paid to the qualifying intern.

Duties will include:

  • Post and monitor Springer Publishing Company on Facebook and Twitter, and research expanding followers across all social media platforms
  • Fulfill review copy requests, enter reviews into the database, and research potential new publicity outlets
  • Create and edit marketing materials for sponsorships and exhibitions
  • Draft, review, and post blog entries
  • Aid in customer prospect list-building
  • Revise and refine website copy
  • General office assistance


  • Current college student or recent graduate
  • Self-starter with creativity and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be a team-player who can work with others
  • A strong interest in marketing
  • Good computer skills, including Outlook, Excel, and Word
  • The ideal candidate will be smart, versatile, and comfortable in a fairly fluid role

If interested, please e-mail your resume and cover letter to Chris Hardin, Marketing Manager, at chardin@springerpub.com by December 23rd. Please copy (CC) Professor Denning at  jkinneydenning@pace.edu.