Position Duties / Responsibilities
The New Press relies heavily on the help of its paid interns, treating them in many respects the way assistants are treated at other publishing houses and nonprofits. This means far greater exposure to interesting work than is normally afforded interns; it also calls for a degree of responsibility that is significantly greater than at most internships. Our New York office is large and efficient enough to offer a wide spectrum of experience, but small and casual enough for you to form intimate and lasting bonds with the staff.
As an intern, you’ll find that while The New Press is guided by its not-for-profit mission and not by the bottom line, it functions in many ways like a commercial trade publisher: it identifies new authors, generally pays standard advances and royalties, and distributes its books nationwide. However, as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, The New Press uses foundation and donor support to publish innovative works of educational, cultural, and community value that, despite their intellectual merits, may be deemed insufficiently profitable by commercial publishers. Any excess profit earned on a particular title is then dedicated toward the production of other books. Many commercially successful authors—including the late Studs Terkel, Bill Moyers, Michelle Alexander, and James Loewen—have chosen to publish their books with us to support such non-profit publishing principles.
A New Press publication begins in our Editorial Department, where manuscripts are chosen and polished into final drafts, then is released into Production, where it is proofed, set, and sent to printing. After production, our Marketing and Publicity Departments encourage the reception and sale of the book across the nation. Our Development Department secures the donation money that makes all this possible, while our Finance Department handles the cash flow generated by donations and sales.
The New Press offers three internships in spring, summer, and fall of each year: an editorial internship, a publicity internship, and an accounting internship.
The dates are as follows:
Spring: January through May
Summer: June through August
Fall: September through December
Each intern post comes with its own specific and challenging duties, familiarizing the intern with a wide array of skills and techniques. Bi-weekly seminars are held with department heads to familiarize interns further with different career paths within publishing. We are very proud that interns usually leave our program with solid job prospects.
Interns will often be responsible for office duty, so prior office experience is also helpful, as is any prior experience in publishing, editing, book sales, graphic design, etc. While we make a point of familiarizing interns with a variety of programs at The New Press, prior computer skills are always a plus. An interest in the goals and mission of The New Press's publishing program is strongly desired. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. The New Press is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to age, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, marital status, ancestry, citizenship, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender preference, physical or mental disability or other characteristic protected by applicable law.
New Press interns are paid $11.00 per hour and are expected to work a maximum of 20 hours each week. Working hours are divided into two shifts: morning (9:30 to 1:30) and afternoon (1:30 to 5:30). Interns can also voluntarily participate in bi-weekly lunch seminars outside of working hours and are offered free books. Interns are invited, but not required, to participate on a voluntary basis in any seminars that fall outside of their working hours.
We have many wonderful applicants and as a result are only able to respond to those candidates who are invited for an interview.
We appreciate your interest in The New Press.