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Description: The WNDB Internship Program provides grants to students from diverse backgrounds (people of color, people with disabilities, people from the LGBTQIA+ community, and other underrepresented groups) who wish to pursue a career in the publishing industry, specifically in children’s literature.

Publishing is still a very homogeneous industry. According to Publishers Weekly’s 2014 annual survey of the industry, out of 630 who identified their race, 89% described themselves as white/Caucasian, with 3% selecting Asian, and another 3% indicating Hispanic. Only 1% said they were African-American. One possible cause? Year after year, internships–which are critical to developing a career in the publishing world–are not financially accessible to most. The lack of diverse applicants able to take on an internship in a city as expensive as New York certainly contributes to a lack of diversity within the industry. In response to this current reality, We Need Diverse Books (WNDB) created the WNDB Internship Program, a grant to support interns from diverse backgrounds (as noted in our mission statement). Our goal is to assist people who might not otherwise be able to accept an internship to achieve their dream of a career in publishing. The grants are intended to supplement a paid position at participating publishing houses. Eligibility requirements include an offer for a paid internship position with a participating publisher that’s at least half-time, and a diverse background as described in the WNDB mission statement. Eligibility is subject to review by the WNDB Internship Committee. The five chosen grant recipients will each receive $2,500, which we suggest using for travel and living expenses.
Length of Internship: Determined by participating publisher.
Requirements: Applicant must identify as coming from a diverse background as noted in the WNDB mission statement.
Applicant must be either a currently enrolled college/university student (undergraduate or graduate) or a recent college graduate.
Applicant must have received a paid internship offer from a participating publisher.
The position must be at least half time, minimum wage.
Location: New York offices of Bloomsbury USA, Cinco Puntos, Hachette, HarperCollins, HMH, Lee & Low, Macmillan, and Scholastic
Application Due Date: Rolling
Payment: Each successful applicant will receive a $2500 grant.
How To Apply For This Internship: Visit to apply.
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