Jobs and Internships


Red Hen Press is currently not hiring for part-time or full-time positions.


Red Hen offers unpaid internship opportunities throughout the year to qualified candidates interested in learning about various aspects of book publishing. Our focused departmental internships expose participants to the finer points of area work, and offer a comprehensive introduction to independent publishing and nonprofits. In addition to hands-on experience in specific departmental work, benefits include free workshops and seminars on various topics taught by our experienced staff; an intern luncheon and Q&A with our Managing Editor and Publisher; invites to Red Hen readings and events; complimentary books; and course credit, if applicable. For more information on specific internship positions, please review the Positions section below.

Our internship program is divided into three seasons based on the academic calendar, with flexible start/end dates: SummerFall, and Winter/Spring. All internships require a commitment of a minimum of 16 hours per week for 4–6 months on site at our Pasadena, CA office. Priority will be given to applicants with greater availability.

To be considered for an internship, applicants must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education by the time of the requested internship season. While we encourage students to apply, we do not require enrollment in an academic program.

Remote internships are being offered on a limited basis according to availability per department.

Internship Departments’ status, updated January 2023

The following internship positions for fully vaccinated and boosted applicants interested in on-site work ONLY are OPEN:

  • Bookkeeping

The following internship positions for hybrid work are OPEN:

  • Development
  • Editorial
  • Design

The following departments are FULL:

  • Publisher’s Office
  • Media/Marketing and Social Media



If you would like to be considered for an internship with Red Hen, please send your cover letter, resume, and any additional materials as specified by department to, with your preferred position in the email subject line. Please apply to only one internship at a time; if you are interested in more than one position, please apply to your first choice and indicate your second choice in your cover letter.

Internship positions fill up quickly! Please note that Red Hen Press accepts internships on a rolling basis. In order to increase your chances of securing an internship for a particular season, we recommend you submit your application materials by the following deadlines:
If hoping for a Summer internship (May to August): April 30
If hoping for a Fall internship (August to December): July 31
If hoping for a Winter/Spring internship (January to April): November 30

All applications that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.
(Note: Red Hen Press is a nonprofit that publishes work by people of all genders, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and lifestyles; if you are uncomfortable with this please do not apply.)