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BOA Internship Program

Are you interested in how books are made? Want to learn more about the publishing industry? Fascinated by what it takes to get essential poetry and literature out into the world and into the hands of readers? Consider applying for an internship with BOA Editions!

As interns at an independent, not-for-profit press, BOA's interns work with exciting new titles by some of the best authors this world has to offer. Interns have their hands in many facets of the day-to-day operations, including book production, publicity, marketing, fundraising, and more. 

All internships are based at our office in Rochester, New York. (Remote internships are not available).


Applicants must be passionate about poetry, language, and literature, have strong writing and proofreading skills, and be comfortable doing independent research. Skills with InDesign, Photoshop, Acrobat Pro, photography, and any audio/video editing software are helpful but not required. Prior experience working with campus literary journals or other publications or interest in creating social media content a plus.

Experience & Compensation

BOA offers interns the opportunity to gain hands-on experience at an independent nonprofit publishing company. We encourage our interns to ask questions of our staff, to develop practical skills for their future careers, and to make the most of their time at BOA. Internships are unpaid; however, we do offer a selection of complimentary books as an expression of gratitude for our interns.

College credit or practicum experience may be available for BOA interns. Please check with your advisor prior to submitting an application. Local students are encouraged to apply.


BOA internships offer a broad overview of the roles and responsibilities available in independent publishing. Our interns share responsibility for the following duties: 

Publicity and Marketing: researching author information for forthcoming titles, copyediting and proofreading promotional materials, monitoring and archiving publicity for current titles, assisting with mailings and contest submissions, writing occasional pieces for the BOA Blog and BOAhemian newsletter, and assisting with social media.
Production: proofreading print and eBook materials prior to publication; entering corrections; assisting with CIP data and copyright registration; and monitoring office inventory. Interested interns may be asked to help prepare manuscripts for eBook production.
Development: assisting with donor mailings and event planning, assisting in preparation of grant reports, assisting with maintaining contact records, and offering logistical support for special events.

Responsibilities will vary depending on the current needs of the press. All interns can expect to do some general administrative support.


Internships are approximately 15 hours per week with regular hours split between 2-3 days per week, typically on a set M/W/F or T/Th schedule.

BOA’s internship programs run on a trimester system:

  • Winter/Spring (January–May)
  • Fall (September–December).

All start and end dates are flexible upon discussion.

Diversity Policy

BOA Editions, Ltd. is committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. We embrace and encourage our interns’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make our interns unique.

Deadlines to Apply

To apply, please send your resumes and cover letters to Peter Conners within the following time frames:

  • for the fall internship (July 11th to the 25th)
  • for the spring internship (Oct 18th - Nov 8th)
  • for the summer internship (April 17th - May 8th). 

Contact BOA Publisher Peter Conners at

Please note: applications sent outside of the current application window will NOT be reviewed.

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