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Description: Ideal interns will be interested in both the business and editorial side of publishing, be proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (especially Outlook), be proficient at researching and writing, and have a keen editorial eye. We require a minimum of 16 hours each week for both in-office and remote internships. To apply, please specify your interest in one or more of the positions below in *the subject line of your email*.

You can view available internships in this section and the Requirements section.

Chambliss, Jamie: I'm looking for an intern who's an avid reader of literary and upmarket/book club fiction and narrative nonfiction. The ideal candidate has exceptional organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and proven internet and social media skills. This intern should be self-motivated, comfortable working on a variety of projects, and eager to learn. It is also important that the intern be a careful, observant reader able to see a manuscript's weaknesses as well as its potential, detail oriented for organizational and special project purposes, and a strong, clear writer who is able to articulate those strengths and weaknesses in concise, well-written reader reports. The intern will scout for new writers, brainstorm nonfiction projects, and evaluate manuscripts and proposals, among other projects. Previous publishing experience is preferred. Candidates must be available for an in-office internship.

Cusick, John: I’m seeking an enthusiastic intern with a passion for great kids’ and teen fiction. You should be a reader of recently-published young adult a have a familiarity with pop culture, television, and movies. As my intern, you will be responsible for reading queries and requested manuscripts, writing reader reports, and handling some correspondence. An ideal candidate will be able to come into the office two days a week.
Harris, Erin: I’m seeking an energetic intern, preferably someone with a degree in literature or creative writing, who reads contemporary novels in the following categories: literary fiction, book club fiction, historical fiction, contemporary YA, and some narrative non-fiction. As my intern, you will be responsible for reading unsolicited queries, requested manuscripts, and literary magazines; writing reader reports and personalized pass letters; staying abreast of publishing trends and scouting for fresh talent. An ideal candidate will be able to come into the office two-three days a week.

Rachel Ekstrom Courage: I’m seeking an avid reader in any or all of the following genres: thrillers, YA and Middle Grade, rom-coms, bookclub and historical fiction. If you love to read, are eager to learn about the book business, and have eye for writing that makes you laugh and/or cry, please do apply. Extra credit it you are social media-savvy and/or follow current TV, movies, podcasts, graphic novels or games. Ability to read and send back editorial feedback quickly is preferred, and 16 hours of availability a week is a must. Responsibilities include research, generating reader’s reports, brainstorming titles, and special projects. This position can either take place remotely, in the Folio offices in New York, or in Pittsburgh.

Latshaw, Katherine: Katherine represents celebrity memoir, cooking, pop culture, health and fitness, humor, blogs-to-books, prescriptive and narrative non-fiction, and select fiction. Her clients range from Burt Reynolds to Lil Bub. She is looking for a driven, creative intern who devotes part of their day to a reading list that includes pop culture and cooking blogs, in addition to staples like The New York Times and The New Yorker. Interns can expect to develop book ideas, research markets, generate reader’s reports, edit sales proposals, attend meetings, and more. Katherine's interns will also learn what it takes to secure a position in the publishing industry post-internship. Prospective interns should enjoy reading on a diverse swath of topics, including memoir, pop culture, cooking, and commercial fiction and non-fiction. Previous publishing experience is a plus; excellent communication skills are a must. Candidates must be able to come to the office for a minimum of two days a week.

Hwang, Annie: Interns applying to work with Annie Hwang should read both contemporary and historical novels, primarily women’s and literary fiction, and also be prepared to evaluate some genre fiction. Responsibilities include reading and evaluating unsolicited submissions, writing reader’s reports for requested manuscripts, handling social media and any other special projects as needed. Prior publishing and/or social media experience is a plus; excellent communication and organization skills are imperative. Must be available for an in-office internship for at least 16 hours a week.
Length of Internship: 3 months
Requirements: Kleinman, Jeff: I’m looking for an enthusiastic intern, preferably with strong research, writing, and editing skills, as well as proficiency in MS Word and Excel - someone who’ll be reliable, professional, and able to multitask and prioritize. Equally important, you’ll be interested in the following types of books: bookclub fiction, memoir, narrative nonfiction, historical fiction, and inspiring (not inspirational) books that make you cry. As my intern, you’ll brainstorm with me for new book ideas; read requested manuscripts; work on new initiatives; and in general be more of an interested partner than someone just plowing through a slushpile. Ideally, you’ll be able to work a minimum of 20 hours per week - several days of which in our NYC office.

Niumata, Erin: I’m looking for a smart, organized, self-starter. I’d like someone who is into reality TV, likes cooking and crafty type things, loves upmarket women’s fiction, mysteries, thrillers and anything pop culture. Must be able to read quickly and send back decent editorial reports within a week. It’s important to be in the Folio offices at least 20 hours a week.

Posner, Marcy: Marcy is looking for Chicago-based interns to read and work on a variety of queries and submissions for both adults and children.

Silberman, Jeff: Jeff has a wide range of interests that include literary and upmarket fiction, narrative and prescriptive non-fiction, memoir, sports, humor, history, science, and technology. Interns applying to work with him would be asked to read and critique solicited and unsolicited submissions, critique and edit proposals, write pitch letters, pass letters, and reader’s reports, and research publishing and entertainment industry-related topics and personalities. Interns working with Jeff are also encouraged to generate ideas for books, and to identify talented writers in need of representation. Jeff sets up weekly conference calls with his interns so that everyone can discuss projects in development. Either an in-office or remote internship is fine.

Troha, Steve: Steve is a Senior Vice President at Folio and is looking for creative interns with fresh ideas for books that will appeal to a wide commercial audience. Applicants must be interested in fiction and nonfiction, including memoirs, politics, cookbooks, health, celebrity, and high profile projects. Interns will be asked to read, assess, and critique proposals and manuscripts, write submission letters, research ideas, and craft reader’s reports. His recent bestsellers include, Misty Copeland’s LIFE IN MOTION (Touchstone), Vani Hari’s THE FOOD BABE WAY (Little, Brown), Andrew Morton’s 17 CARNATIONS (Grand Central Press), and Andie Mitchell’s IT WAS ME ALL ALONG (Clarkson Potter). More information on Steve can be found here:

Weimann, Frank: Interns applying to work with Frank Weimann should read a variety of commercial fiction and nonfiction, as his projects range from military histories to memoirs to YA fantasy series. Duties include reading and evaluating unsolicited, requested, and client manuscripts and proposals, and writing reader’s reports. Both in-office or virtual internships are acceptable.

Part-Time Literary Contracts Rights Analyst: Individuals applying for this position will be doing a deep dive into literary contracts, organizing and sorting out literary and dramatic rights for some of the most prestigious literary names of the 20th century, and entering the analysis into an advanced literary database. The ideal candidate must be extremely detail-oriented, enthusiastic, and interested in – and ideally already have a background in – publishing contracts and copyright law. Law students, those with a legal background, or those interested in a career in the legal profession, are most welcome to apply. Applicants must be available to work in our beautiful midtown offices for a minimum of 15-25 hours per week, but you can make your own schedule as long as it’s during office hours. Starting salary of $15 per hour.

Reading & Researching Intern: Interns applying for this position will be managing a query inbox under the supervision of Folio’s partners. They should have a passion for literature, a skillset working with Google Drive and Gmail, and previous experience evaluating queries and handling correspondence. In addition, they will be using the internet to track down individuals who have lost touch with the agency. The intern’s primary duties will include: vetting queries, sending rejection letters, identifying promising queries, investigating author backlists, requesting manuscripts, and corresponding directly with authors. This internship is perfect for a self-starting individual who wants to get a birds-eye view of how the agency submission process functions. Interns must be available to work in-office or remotely for a minimum of 15-25 hours per week.

Audio Intern: Individuals applying for this position will work on special audio initiatives, spearheaded by Rachel Ekstrom, Dado Derviskadic, and Katherine Odom-Tomchin. Primary duties will include: researching various audio ventures, assessing audio rights for Harold Ober authors, maintaining an audio rights list, and (potentially) crafting an audio proposal. The ideal candidate should be enthusiastic, extremely detail-oriented, and eager to learn, and should understand the basics of publishing contracts.
Location: New York,Los Angeles, Chicago or Remote
Payment: Unpaid/Credit where applicable
How To Apply For This Internship: If you are ready to apply, please visit our website and view our list of agents. When you are ready to apply, submit the following required material to with the subject ‘SEMESTER YEAR-AGENT(S) OF INTEREST’ (i.e. ‘Summer 2019-Jeff Kleinman’) or through your university’s internship website:1) A one-page cover letter (include publishing or office experience, availability and location during the semester, technical/computer-related skills, genre or position-interest)—again, remember to let us know who you would like to work with/what position you are most interested in and why you are interested in that position.
2) Your resume
3) A list of the last 3 books you’ve read, as well as your favorite 3 books
4) A writing sample of fewer than 5 pages (Literary analysis preferred if possible)
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