Boston-area Publishing Internships

An alphabetical list of internship opportunities offered in the Boston area. (Please note — The Atlantic no longer actively maintains this list. We make updates only when someone lets us know about an addition, change, or correction. We recommend contacting any organization to which you wish to apply first, to confirm that the information listed below is still valid. To let us know about an update, please contact us via our feedback page.)
AOL Time Warner Book Group
3 Center Plaza
Boston, MA 02108-2084
Contact: Human Resources
phone: (617) 227-0730
fax: (617) 263-2854

The Book Group has summer internships available, but they are offered according to the needs of the company's different departments (editorial, production, children's, finance, etc.) rather than as part of a regular internship program. Address internship questions to the Human Resources Department.

The Atlantic Monthly
205 Portland Street
Boston, MA 02114

Click here for more information about career and internship opportunities at The Atlantic Monthly.

Beacon Press
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Beacon Press offers part-time, unpaid internships in editorial, marketing, publicity, production, and business throughout the year. Current listings are posted on the Jobs & Internships page of our web site. Due to the high volume of inquiries, Beacon cannot respond to each correspondence individually. A staff person will contact you if her/his department chooses to give your application further consideration.

Bedford/St. Martin's
75 Arlington Street
Boston, MA 02116
Contact: Linda Wallace, Office Manager
phone: (617) 399-4000

Internships at Bedford/St. Martin's run from May through August. They are available in the Editorial, Promotion and Production Departments and are usually paid an hourly rate. On occasion, an internship will lead to a full-time entry-level job. Students currently in their Junior and Senior years of college are encouraged to apply. Bedford/St. Martin's publishes college English and History textbooks.

The Boston Globe
135 Morrissey Blvd.
Dorchester, MA 02107-2378
Contact: Ann Scales, Assistant to the Editor
phone: (617) 929-3120
fax: (617) 929-2813

The Boston Globe summer intern program began over 40 years ago. It accepts only college students who have at least one semester of undergraduate study remaining. An aptitude for newspaper work is the most important qualification for the internship, but nearly all applicants must have worked on a student newspaper and have had a previous internship at a daily newspaper. Internships are NOT limited to students with journalism majors. Applicants must have a driver's license and type at least 30 words per minute.

Interns are considered full-time employees for the 13 weeks from Memorial Day to Labor Day and are expected to complete a full internship unless classes require them to start late or leave early. The internship includes frequent discussions with editors as well as the intern supervisor and there are weekly seminars on the First Amendment, libel law and other important issues.

Most reporting interns work as general assignment reporters on the metropolitan staff. Others are assigned to sports, living/arts or business. There are also intern positions in photography, in the graphics department, in the Washington bureau and on the copy desk. (The copy editing positions are filled by Newspaper Fund interns. For information write to the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund, PO Box 300, Princeton, NJ 08540. Deadline November 1.)

Interns at the Globe are paid a weekly wage.

Applications for the coming year's internships must be postmarked by November 4. Interviews will be scheduled in late December or early January.

Boston Magazine
300 Massachusetts Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
Contact: Michelle Watts
fax: (617) 262-5670

Boston Magazine offers several part-time internships in the fall (September-December), spring (January-May) and summer (June-August). Interns may work in Advertising, Marketing, Special Projects, Editorial, Research, Art and Production. To apply, send a cover letter stating which department you are applying for, and your résumé, and writing samples (where applicable) to Michelle Watts at the above address. No phone calls. Applications are due at least two months prior to the beginning of the requested intern session. All internships unpaid and part time.

Boston Review
35 Medford Street
Suite 302
Somerville MA 02143
Contact: Simon Waxman, Managing Editor
fax: (617) 591-0505


Boston Review is a prestigious, fast-growing national magazine of politics, culture, and the arts. Interns work year-round on a variety of editorial and promotional projects and are essential to the magazine's operation.

The internship program includes copyediting, fact-checking, proofreading, and desktop publishing, for which training is provided. Other responsibilities include screening submissions for publication, summarizing and proposing books for review, corresponding with authors, updating the magazine's web site, and maintaining our database of writers and other contacts. Boston Review's office is small and gives interns a unique opportunity to be involved in nearly every aspect of magazine publishing.

Boston Review welcomes interns from a wide range of backgrounds. Some interns have entered the program while graduate or undergraduate students. Many use the internship as an introduction to publishing after having completed their studies or having pursued a different career. Previous Boston Review interns have gone on to work and write for Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic Monthly, The Times of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and other publications.

Prior work experience in publishing is less important than the applicant's knowledge of Boston Review, and the level of commitment and creativity that he or she can bring to the magazine. We offer twelve internship positions each year, four per term.

Two of the four positions are full-time, and two require a minimum commitment of fifteen hours a week. All internships are unpaid. Candidates are strongly encouraged to familiarize themselves with the Boston Review archives.

To submit an application please send a hard copy of the following materials to Joshua J. Friedman, Managing Editor, E53-407 MIT, Cambridge, MA 02139 (please note that we cannot accept applications via email):

1) A cover letter explaining why you would like to participate in the Boston Review internship program. Please give us some sense of the ideas, issues, and debates that are most important to you. Please describe your proficiency in any languages other than English, your organizational and research background, and any specific areas of intellectual or academic concentration. Describe your computer proficiency.

Macintosh experience with HTML, MS Word, Filemaker, and Quark is particularly helpful. Finally, let us know whether you are applying for a full- or part-time position. Bear in mind that there is greater competition for part-time positions.

2) Your résumé or c.v.
3) The names and phone numbers or e-mail addresses of two references. Please specify their relationships to you.
4) A proposal for a Boston Review New Democracy Forum. Please include a specific topic for the lead article, and the names of at least five prospective respondents.
5) A list of five of your favorite books, and a brief statement explaining why you like two of them.
6) A list of five publications you read regularly.

The deadlines are as follows:

-Spring Term (January-May), Application Deadline: November 15, Start Date: January 7
-Summer Term (June-August), Application Deadline: February 15, Start Date: June 1
-Fall Term (September-December), Application Deadline: June 15, Start Date:September 1

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280 Summer Street, 9th Floor
Boston, MA 02113
Contact: Sandy McDowell
fax: (617) 399-4401

Company Description: The mission of CancerSource is to be the most comprehensive, accurate, and personalized source of cancer information and services available. We continually serve the needs of our members, both cancer patients and those who care for them, and healthcare professionals, by providing personalized access to a full range of cancer resources.

Working for CancerSource will give you the opportunity to learn all aspects of the publishing industry as well as focus on writing for a health related publication.

Internship Description: Assist in all phases of editorial work. Help to compile and edit CancerSource's bi-weekly email newsletter. Write several feature articles for the web site. Proofread copy. Perform administrative tasks to maintain the web site, such as answer reader mail, review inspirational stories, and moderate message boards. In addition, interns may participate in editorial meetings and general company meetings. (The internship is unpaid.)

Hours Per Week: 16 to 20

How to Apply: Email or mail cover letter, resumé, writing sample (published or not) and one reference of a professor or previous employer.

Qualifications: Should be hardworking, dependable, attentive to detail and willing to learn. Candidates should express an interest in editing, writing, and publishing.

Location: We're a 5 minute walk from South Station

Candlewick Press
2067 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140
Contact: Carly Walsh
fax: (617) 661-0565

Candlewick Press, a leading publisher of books for children, offers internships in the fall, spring and summer according to the needs of various departments. An independent publisher, we are a small dynamic company that provides excellent opportunities to acquire firsthand knowledge of the publishing industry. We are looking for motivated, conscientious, and dedicated individuals who are interested in becoming active members of a high-energy creative team. Although interns are assigned to a specific department, they will be exposed to all departments within the company.

When feasible, the following internship positions are available: Marketing interns prepare marketing materials for the national sales force, coordinate mailings to the media, perform some clerical duties, and work on a variety of ongoing projects. Sales interns assist with writing and organizing a department newsletter, researching and developing new markets, handling some clerical and administrative tasks, and assisting department members on new projects. Publishing Services interns proofread both published and upcoming titles, organize and review foul files, review advance books for corrigenda, facilitate the circulation of book materials between the various departments, assist with various production needs, and perform administrative tasks as needed. Editorial interns read and report on manuscripts, register our books with the Library of Congress and the Copyright Office, perform library and bookstore research as needed, and assist editors with a variety of clerical and editorial duties. Art Department interns assist with all aspects of promotion and book design, so proficiency in Quark Express and some knowledge of paste-up and lay-out is required.

The desired time commitment is typically twelve hours a week. These positions do not offer any monetary compensation, however in exchange, we offer an invaluable opportunity to learn the ins and outs of the publishing world and make important professional contacts. Interested candidates should send a résumé and cover letter specifying the position and semester of interest to: Carly Walsh, c/o Candlewick Press, 2067 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02140.

The Christian Science Monitor (newspaper)
One Norway Street P02-20
Boston, MA 02115
Contact: Holly Bolon
phone: (617) 450-2305

Summer interns at The Christian Science Monitor have an opportunity for "hands on" experience in the day-to-day editorial process. That experience may range from writing short items for the paper, doing research, or assisting the photo department. It may also include everyday essential tasks such as sorting mail and delivering daily newspapers. At the discretion of the editors, interns may also assist news or feature desks with editing, rewriting, contacting correspondents and contributors, and performing other duties such as assisting with special projects.

Applicants with journalism experience will be considered first. The minimum time requirement for paid internships is 35 hours a week for three months. Please send resume, clips, and cover letter by January 31.

David R. Godine, Publisher, Inc.
9 Hamilton Place
Boston, MA 02108
Contact: Carl Scarbrough
Phone (617) 451-9600
fax: (617) 259-9198

Interns at David R. Godine have a variety of responsibilities in all areas of book publishing, including publicity, some editorial, marketing, some sales, some production, etc. The internships are available in the fall, spring and summer geared to the academic schedule although allowances can be made for intern schedules. Interns must sign on for a minimum of 20-25 hours a week. An internship at Godine probably won't lead to a job there, due to the small staff, but their interns have obtained positions at Grove-Atlantic, Houghton Mifflin, Tuttle, Addison-Wesley and other publishing houses.

Houghton Mifflin, Co. Adult Trade Editorial Department
222 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116-3764
Contact: Ms. Rhiannon Agosti
Seeking enthusiastic, dedicated interns with an interest in writing, reading, and the publishing industry. Please see for information about the company.

The internship will be 12-18 hours weekly, and requires a two-semester (or three-quarter) commitment, from September-May. Our office is in the Back Bay area of Boston.


Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing
42 Pleasant Street
Watertown MA 02472
Contact: Dan Fields
Internship Coordinator
42 Pleasant St.
Watertown, MA 02472
phone: (617) 926-0200 x 362
phone: (617) 923-4009


With a circulation of about 225,000, Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing is the national monthly 8-page consumer health newsletter from Andrew Weil, MD, a leading expert on integrative medicine. Our focus is on lifestyle and holistic medicine, including herbs and supplements, mind-body therapies, nutrition, and exercise.

Working with Self Healing's small staff will give you the unique, hands-on opportunity to become involved in all aspects of the publishing process, from attending editorial planning meetings to proofreading the final copy of the newsletter. You'll also learn how to research, write, and fact-check health-related material.

We are looking for enthusiastic, resourceful interns to assist with fact-checking articles, help editors with research, maintain research files, work on other editorial projects and clerical tasks, and write short pieces, as assigned.

Candidates should have initiative, enthusiasm, an eye for detail, excellent communication skills, basic familiarity with the Internet, and the ability to see projects through to completion. An interest in health or a background in science is preferred but not required. Interns should be college juniors, seniors, or graduate students, and are expected to work a minimum of 10 hours a week for at least 3 months. You must be receiving academic credit for the internship. We are accessible by MBTA bus. A transportation stipend may be available upon completion of the internship.

Internship opportunities exist for spring, summer, and fall terms. For spring, apply by mid-December; for summer, apply by April 15; for fall, apply by July 15.

Harvard Common Press
535 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118
Contact: Dana Garczewski
phone: (617) 423-5803
fax: (617) 695-9794

The Harvard Common Press publishes quality nonfiction books, primarily in cooking, travel, child care and health. The Press, which is small with only ten full time employees, is seeking interns in marketing and publicity. Interns take part in company-wide meetings and work closely with the staff on a wide range of projects. Candidates should be able to work 15 hours a week and have excellent written and oral communications skills. The internships are non paying. There are three terms: Fall, (Sept-Dec.) Spring (Jan-May) and Summer (May-Aug.) Mail or fax a cover letter and résumé to receive an internship application form. Resumeés for the fall internship are due August 1. Resumeés for the summer are due May 1.

38 Commercial Wharf
Boston, MA 02110
Contact: Charlene Niles (editorial)
phone: (617) 248-8054

INC., a magazine directed to small business owners, offers editorial internships for summer. Work on special Inc. 500 issue, annual list of America's fastest-growing private companies. Interview CEOs, generate story ideas, write short items. Collect and enter survey data. Fact-check and proofread Inc. 500 information. Send cover letter and résumé by March 1.

Living On Earth/National Public Radio
20 Holland Stree, Suite 408
Somerville, MA 02144
Contact: Eileen Bolinsky, Internship Coordinator
phone: (617) 629-3629
fax: (617) 629-3625

Living on Earth is a one-hour weekly, award winning, environmental radio news program distributed by NPR. The program presents in-depth reporting on the environment and airs on over 270 public radio stations nationwide and in some regions overseas. Internships are available throughout the calendar and academic year. Internship opportunities exist in the following areas: feature story, research, and editing. Applicants should be well organized and possess excellent written and oral skills. They should also feel at ease with accessing information via telephone and computer. Some work experience in broadcasting, recording, journalism, public policy, biology or environmental issues is helpful but not required. All internships include some general office duties. Interns must commit to at least 15 hours per week. Send résumé and two writing samples to the address above. Please note: this is an unpaid internship. For more information about LOE, visit the web site:

Deadlines: Spring 2005 (November 15) Summer 2005 (March 7) Fall 2005 (July 5)

Body&Soul Magazine
42 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02172
Contact: Sarah Forrest
phone: (617) 926-0200 x332
fax: (617) 926-5021

Body + Soul Magazine, part of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, takes a holistic approach to health and wellness, personal growth, and „greenš living. The editors are looking for enthusiastic, resourceful interns to fact-check articles for accuracy, assist with research, call in product samples for editorial review, screen unsolicited manuscripts, answer reader inquiries, send tearsheets and issues to contributors, and take on other editorial projects as assigned.

Spring: January through May; apply by November 1
Summer: June through August; apply by April 1
Fall: September through December; apply by July 1

Commitment is 12 hours a week for the spring and fall terms, 16 hours a week for the summer. Body + Soul accepts two interns per term. Ideal candidates will be motivated, energetic, detail-oriented, and have excellent communication skills. Body + Soul‚s internships are unpaid, but college credit is given. Office is accessible by MBTA bus.

332 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02210
Contact: Editor
phone: (617) 423-3400
fax: (617) 695-3895

Local magazine publisher seeking detail oriented individuals to assist with production, typesetting, editorial and ad trafficking, writing and copyediting. We produce two magazines, Playbill, the Boston edition of the Broadway theater guide, and Panorama, a visitor's guide to Boston. Responsibilities include formatting copy on QuarkXPress; producing company collateral, marketing and sales pieces; writing short features; and copyediting. Must be flexible and enthusiastic, and skilled in QuarkXPress. Knowledge of Photoshop and four color printing process a plus. Please fax résumé to (617) 695-3895, Attn.: Editor; email; or mail to Editor, Jerome Press Publications.

The Patriot Ledger
400 Crown Colony Drive
P.O. Box 9159
Quincy, MA 02269-9159
Contact: Ken Johnson
phone: (617) 786-7000
fax: (617) 786-7025

The Patriot Ledger is an 80,000 circulation suburban daily in Quincy, Mass, right next to Boston. The Ledger has a solid reputation for the quality of its local coverage. Paid internships in the news and photo department are available to recent college graduates and promising undergraduates. Candidates who are involved in campus papers are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
Contact: Joseph Huebscher
phone: 617-252-5285
fax: (617) 252-5265
email: or

The PBG contracts department seeks interns for permissions and contracts. We handle author contracts, foreign/subsidiary rights licenses, and copyright permissions for seven imprints out of our fast-paced but easy-going offices in Kendall Square.

Permissions involves researching, generating, and billing permissions licenses; issuing licenses for prop placement with film production companies; coordinating rights reversions with editors, authors, and agents; and administrative duties.

Contracts involves assisting the Contracts Director in drafting, vetting and negotiating author and subsidiary rights contracts, fielding contract inquiries, providing summary information, and administrative duties.

These internships, while unpaid, provide an excellent opportunity to experience the business and legal side of publishing and make contacts in the publishing industry. Our ideal candidates have excellent communication skills, are detail-oriented and able to work independently, and can handle a fast-paced environment.

The Perseus Books Group
11 Cambridge Center
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142
Contact: Clare Finan
phone: 617-252-5285
fax: (617) 252-5265

The Perseus Books Group is an independent publishing group with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our member companies include Basic Books, Counterpoint, Da Capo Press, PublicAffairs, Running Press, and Westview Press and we publish a broad range of trade and academic fiction and nonfiction. We have ongoing unpaid internships available in a number of departments. Interns will be working in a dynamic office and will have the opportunity to learn all sides of the publishing business.

Our office is fast-paced and congenial, and we require capable and focused people. Successful candidates will possess excellent organizational skills, computer skills, and the ability to work independently. Prior administrative experience is helpful. Foreign language skills or experience with foreign cultures is a plus.

We require interns for a minimum of 15 hours per week. Specific hours can be negotiated, but must include at least 2 full days per week.

Please email resume and cover letter to Clare Finan ( and include the words "internship" in the subject line.

The Boston Phoenix
126 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Contact: Internship Coordinator
phone: (617) 536-5390
fax: (617) 425-2615

The Phoenix Media/Communications Group internship program has been structured to provide beneficial and educational intern assignments to qualified and motivated college students, preferably those who would receive college credit. Boston Phoenix, Stuff@Night, and People2People Group internships are offered in Boston; FNX Radio Network internships are offered in Lynn, Portland, and Providence; and opportunities in editorial, graphic design, research, finance, and sales are offered at the Providence Phoenix and the Worcester Phoenix in those cities.

The Phoenix Media/Communications Group is currently actively recruiting interns. Positions do tend to fill quickly, particularly in the editorial departments, so students should send résumés in as soon as possible. All interns are required to be enrolled in classes and must be able to make at least a 16-hour (summer), 10-hour (fall, spring) per week commitment to the company. All internships are unpaid. Any student interested in being considered for any of the internships should send (by mail or email) a résumé and cover letter to the attention of the Intern Coordinator.

PLEASE NOTE: Students interested in applying for editorial internships should also forward writing samples and/or clips for review.

48 Ackers Avenue
Brookline, MA 02445
Contact: Jennifer Barber
phone: (617) 232-4647

Salamander, a magazine for poetry, fiction & memoirs, offers internships for the full school year or the summer. Interns assist at readings, help with mailings, do proofreading, review incoming submissions and perform clerical duties. Internships are unpaid, 10-15 hours a week.

69 Dunster St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
Contact: Nicole Lamy, Managing Editor
phone: 617-496-2845
fax: 617-496-2877

TRANSITION magazine is a clearing house for the freshest, most compelling, most curious -- and often most controversial -- ideas about race, ethnicity, culture, and politics. "Tremendously impressive," writes The Nation magazine, "Transition contains some of the smartest cultural criticism available anywhere"; The New York Times calls TRANSITION "a high-IQ, multicultural Wired." Harvard and Princeton powerhouses Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Anthony Appiah are the magazine's editors; recent contributors include Russell Banks, Kathleen Cleaver, Ice Cube, Carlos Fuentes, Nadine Gordimer, Philip Gourevitch, Christopher Hitchens, bell hooks, Jamaica Kincaid, KRS-One, Spike Lee, Richard Rorty, and Edward Said. TRANSITION seeks motivated editorial interns who want to learn the magazine business. Intern responsibilities include reviewing manuscripts, finding artwork and photography, conducting research, and assisting with administrative tasks. Obsessive attention to detail, high levels of motivation and initiative, Web fluency, dedication to good writing, and fluency in the political and cultural issues of ethnicity are all desirable. Minorities strongly encouraged to apply. Internships are generally unpaid. Visit TRANSITION on the Web at: Read the magazine, then mail us a cover letter, resumé, and writing samples.

Women Express, Inc.; Teen Voices Magazine
80 Summer Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02111-1602
Contact: Shani Fletcher, Development Coordinator
phone: (617) 426-5505, ext. 14
fax: (617) 426-5577

Teen Voices magazine, the alternative magazine by, for and about teen girls, offers many exciting internships for college-age and young adult women. Students can earn college credit while working at an exciting nonprofit magazine edited and written by teen girls!

Right now we are recruiting mentors to work directly with teen girls in Boston as they edit this international magazine, as well as interns to work in the editorial, fundraising, marketing, adminstrative, teen program, and technology departments. All of our internships are unpaid— we DO work with students to obtain college credit.

Please spread the word to the students and young women with whom you work. Come gain skills while having fun through an exciting volunteer/internship opportunity!!

If you have any questions, feel free to email or call.

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