Fall Internship with Publishers Weekly!

Publishers Weekly’s Book Review Department is looking for 2 to 3 interns for the fall semester. The positions are part-time and unpaid, but if you love books and are considering a career in book or magazine publishing, Publishers Weekly’s Book Review Department is the best place to learn about these rapidly changing industries.

Interns will have the opportunity to:

  • Work closely with review editors
  • Write, fact-check, and edit reviews and short author interviews

Interns will also help staff our very busy bookroom, which receives hundreds of books a week. Your job will include:

  • Unpacking books and trafficking them to editors and reviewers, and helping m aintain a log of assignments
  • Doing liaison work with publishers (requesting review copies, art, etc.)

You must:

  • Learn tasks quickly
  • Be organized and detail-oriented
  • Follow through and meet tight deadlines

If you would like to interview for an intern position, e-mail Sarah Gold, senior reviews editor, at sgold@publishersweekly.com, by Monday, Sept. 10, and put “fall internship” in the subject line. Please attach a resume and a writing sample or link to one (a class paper is fine). Be sure to CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Part-Time Internship with Literary Agency!

New Leaf Literary & Media is looking for a motivated fall intern who is detail-oriented, well-read in commercial genre fiction (particularly children’s, YA and adult fiction), and enthusiastic about learning the inner-workings of a literary agency.  Intern should be available 10 to 15 hours per week, though days and hours are flexible.

Responsibilities include reading query letters and evaluating incoming submissions, as well as some light administrative work, such as mailing, email correspondence, scanning and filing. Special independent projects will be assigned based on ability. Interns will be invited to workshops, events, and other networking opportunities.

Length: 4 months

Requirements: The ideal candidate has completed at least two years of college, is motivated and organized, is well read in contemporary commercial fiction, has an avid interest in the publishing industry, understands social media, and will be professional and courteous in an office setting.

Location: New York, NY

Application Due: September 1, 2012

Payment: Unpaid, students can earn credit

How to Apply: Email a one page cover letter (include publishing or office experience, availability, and the last 3 books you’ve read) and resume to Danielle Barthel (dbarthel@newleafliterary.com).  Please also CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning (jdenning@pace.edu).

Fodors.com Content Internship Opportunity!

Fodor’s Travel, a division of Random House, Inc., is the world’s leading provider of travel intelligence. Covering 300 destinations worldwide, the Fodor’s guidebooks and Fodors.com have provided the most up-to-date information and strategic travel planning advice for travelers for more than seventy years.

Fodors.com is seeking an unpaid Content Intern for the Fall 2012 semester to work from early September to early December. We are looking for a college or graduate student (Communications/Media/Technology) who is available to work 15-20 hours a week in our Midtown NYC office. Students must be able to receive school credit for the internship.

This opportunity is for a web-savvy student to jump in and learn how a leading travel brand works behind the scenes. You’ll be part of a team creating engaging travel content that reaches more than 3.6 million unique viewers a month. Along with helping to keep our content up to date, you’ll test new features on our many platforms, attend staff meetings, and tag content in our database. You may also be asked to jump in to assist on special feature projects like our Top 100 Hotel Awards.

The student will emerge from this internship with a deep understanding of what it’s like to work at a fast-paced travel brand in Midtown Manhattan. The ideal applicant will be tech-savvy and a fast learner who is able to adapt quickly from project to project.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Tag editorial content in our database
  • Perform QA (quality assurance) on our website, mobile apps, and special projects
  • Test new features of our CMS (content management system)
  • Create assignments in our web app and add records
  • Use administrative tools to run reports
  • Help maintain documentation and create instructions in various forms, including videos


  • Currently enrolled in a college or graduate school program, with a concentration in Communications, Media, or Technology
  • Must be able to earn school credit for internship
  • Proficient in the MS Word and Excel
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Organized and detail-focused
  • Familiarity with databases and web-based applications and tools like metadata tags and blogs
  • Interest in travel and technology

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Cameron Todd at ctodd@fodors.com, and CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.

Production-Editorial Internship Opportunity!

Fodor’s Travel, an imprint of Random House, Inc., is looking for a fall semester intern to work for credit in midtown Manhattan.  This internship is 20 hours/week, and will run from September to December.

The intern will work closely with the Associate Managing Editor and Production Editors to gain experience doing many of the tasks they do:

  • Correction checking and light proofreading of our print titles, including covers
  • Creation of first- and second-pass proofs using Typefi, our desktop-publishing system
  • Quality-assurance checking of ebooks and possibly apps
  • Keyboarding of changes to Word files
  • Possible review of the work of freelance proofreaders, depending on the intern’s aptitude and experience

By closely shadowing the Fodor’s production-editorial staff, a nexus of print and ebook production at our company, the intern will be central to the creation of several books and ebooks this fall and will gain a thorough understanding of the way in which all departments (editorial, production-editorial, production, cartography, and art) collaborate to create Fodor’s content.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Cameron Todd at ctodd@fodors.com, and CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.  Applicants will ultimately need to furnish a letter from their college confirming the intent to grant academic credit.

Part-Time Literary Agency Internship Opportunity!

The Mendel Media Group is a literary agency in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Its proprietor, Scott Mendel, is a former academic and magazine editor who became a literary agent in the 1990s.  The agency’s clientele includes both fiction and nonfiction writers, among them professional journalists, diplomats and senior academics writing for the broadest possible trade readership, and author-experts writing prescriptive books.  We also represent some companies and institutions—the National Football League and Reason magazine are among our clients, for example.

The agency seeks smart, detail-oriented and creative people interested in learning about the work of a literary agency and about the book publishing industry generally. The semester-long internship is flexible enough to accommodate a student’s classroom or part-time work schedule. Ideally, interns are in the office two days each week for fourteen weeks.

Duties include: (1) reading and evaluating unsolicited inquiries from writers seeking representation, (2) reading and editing drafts of book proposals and manuscripts under development by clients, (3) some filing and mailing duties, (4) occasional errands related to the work of the office (to the post office, etc), and (5) other light clerical work.

Interns will: (1) learn to evaluate pitches and queries, (2) improve their editorial skills, and (3) practice thinking about literary material like people who work on the business end of the publishing industry—by, for example, learning to judge the long-term commercial value of a particular project’s subsidiary rights.

Additional information about the agency is available at: www.mendelmedia.com. The internship is unpaid, but most interns with Scott Mendel have arranged for academic credit through their colleges, and some have gone on to paid positions at various trade and academic publishing jobs.

Please email your cover letter and resume or c.v., all in the body of an email (not as an attachment), to: scott@mendelmedia.com.  Please also CC Professor Jane Kinney-Denning at jdenning@pace.edu.