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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.

Qualifications

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 is 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.

Responsibilities

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.

Duration

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 program runs on a trimester system: Winter/Spring (January–May), Summer (June–August), and Fall (September–December). Start and end dates are flexible.

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.

Deadline

Deadlines for applications are on a rotating basis.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to BOA Publisher Peter Conners at conners@boaeditions.org. Please note: applications sent outside of the current application window will not be reviewed.

Applications for Winter/Spring 2019 internships will be accepted November 12–19.