UPDATE 9/25/2022: Due to the overwhelming number of qualified applications submitted for the Aug 15, 2022 deadline, we will not be considering new applications until the spring. You are still welcome to submit you materials in the meantime and we will get back you in early May.
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.
Our internships introduce undergraduate and graduate students, emerging writers, and aspiring publishing professionals to digital publishing and the New York literary scene. Because we are a small, not-for-profit publisher, we provide unique opportunities for professional development and resume-building.
As an Electric Literature intern, you are encouraged to become involved in any aspect of our work that interests you. You’ll check email and Slack, but you’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to editorial decisions, and write for the site. Our interns have gone on to work for places like Publishers Weekly, Oxford University Press, Penguin Random House, and… Electric Literature.
- Write book lists and news items for electricliterature.com
- Provide feedback on pitches and submissions
- Proofread and prepare drafts for publication on WordPress
- Select images to pair with articles and brainstorm headlines
- Attend and participate in weekly editorial meetings
- Keep track of upcoming titles and literary news for potential coverage
- Provide research support
- Transcribe interviews
- Perform administrative tasks as needed
- Experience using Wordpress is preferred but not required
- Excellent writing skills and a unique point of view
- Basic understanding of Photoshop and inDesign
- 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
- 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 the Electric Literature 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 (10–20 hours/week) with a $200 per month stipend. Candidates must be able to work at least two days per week during East Coast business hours. We are happy to work with universities and graduate programs to provide course credit, though you do not need to be a student to apply. This three-month internship starts ASAP, exact dates are flexible, and there may be an opportunity to extend the internship through the winter.
How to apply
Please upload the following documents to the application portal:
- A cover letter and resume
- The headline and 2–3 paragraph introduction for a reading list (you can look at the lists section 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.