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Description: Are you looking for a dynamic internship and the chance to work closely with an agent whose interests you share on work that really matters? CMA interns often: evaluate query letters and manuscript submissions; edit manuscripts and nonfiction book proposals; write pitch letters; communicate with authors, editors, and publicists; and learn the ins and outs of publishing contracts.

Literary agent Paige Wheeler is looking for an intern who loves to read and evaluate commercial fiction, particularly romances, crime fiction (mysteries/suspense), and women’s fiction, as well as some practical nonfiction. The intern should be knowledgeable about what’s selling successfully in the market, have strong Microsoft Office and Outlook skills (Word, Excel, v-cards, etc.), and be a self starter.

CMA is happy to offer both remote internships as well as traditional in-office internships. There will be one mandatory staff meeting twice a month via conference call.
Length of Internship: We require a minimum of 16 hours each week. Although we are flexible, we look for a full semester commitment; approximately May 15th to August 18th.
Requirements: 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.
Location: Richmond, VA area—transportation to home office necessary for in-office interns.
Application Due Date: Open, but the internship starts May 15th.
Payment: Our internships are unpaid, but we are happy to work with students to ensure that they receive credit from their schools (we do not require interns to receive credit). Upon completion of the internship, CMA will also use our extensive network of contacts at major publishing houses and other literary agencies to help you find a full-time job in book publishing.
How To Apply For This Internship: If you are ready to apply, please submit the following material to with the subject ‘Summer 2017 Internship’ or through your university’s internship website:

1. A 1-page cover letter (include publishing or office experience, availability and location during the semester, technical/computer-related skills, genre or position-interest)

2. Your resume

3. A list of the last 3 books you’ve read, as well as your favorite 3 books
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