Electric Literature accepts internship applications with deadlines three times a year: Aug 15 for the fall semester, Dec 15 for spring, and April 15 for summer. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and evaluated after each deadline. 

Electric Literature internships introduce undergraduate and graduate students, emerging writers, and aspiring publishing professionals to literary digital publishing. Because we are a small, not-for-profit publisher, we provide unique opportunities for professional development and resume-building.


  • Write book lists and news items for electricliterature.com
  • Provide feedback on pitches and submissions with written responses, and in editorial meetings
  • Select images to pair with articles and brainstorm headlines
  • Format, copy edit, and draft articles in Wordpress
  • Perform administrative tasks as needed
  • Draft and schedule social media posts


  • Experience using Wordpress, Canva, and Submittable is preferred but not required
  • An enthusiastic, informed, and unique perspective on literature and culture
  • Strong copy editing skills, and a firm grasp of grammar and spelling
  • Organized and fastidious

The Ideal Candidate

  • Has an educational background in journalism, literature, or creative writing
  • Has prior internship or entry-level job experience at another publishing, media, or non-profit organization
  • Undergraduate applicants should be in their junior or senior year, and should preferably have off-campus work or internship experience
  • Regularly reads new book releases as well as literary magazines and literary websites (including but not limited to Recommended Reading, The Commuter, and electricliterature.com)
  • Believes strongly in Electric Literature’s mission: to make literature more relevant, exciting, and inclusive
  • Is hard working, pays attention to detail, and can work independently
  • Writes clearly and with personality
  • Has an eye for design and knows what images will grab a reader’s attention


This is a part time, remote internship (15 hours/week) with a $250 per month stipend. 10–12 hours per week will be spent in the virtual office, with 3–5 hours per week spent reading submissions (~10 submissions per week, fiction and nonfiction). Candidates must be able to work at least 2 days per week (Monday–Thursday) during East Coast business hours (9am–6pm ET). We ask that interns make a minimum 3-month commitment, with the opportunity to extend the internship up to 8 months.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit the following via Submittable at your earliest convenience. We are looking to fill the position immediately and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

  1. A cover letter and resume. (Current EL readers need only send an updated resume; a cover letter and reading list sample are not required.)
  2. Write the headline and 2 to 3 paragraph introduction for a reading list (you can look at the Reading Lists on our site for inspiration). Include 5–7 book titles that you would include on the list, and a short capsule description of one of those books. 
We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.