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.
- A cover letter and resume. (Current EL readers need only send an updated resume; a cover letter and reading list sample are not required.)
- 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.