Bookkeeping Internship

Internships for this department are closed until the office has resumed in-office operations.

Bookkeeping internships are intended for qualified applicants seeking hands-on experience in business administration, bookkeeping, and finance—especially related to nonprofits. Ideal candidates will have significant experience in business and finance, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and an interest in nonprofit work.

The Bookkeeping Intern will work closely with the Publisher and Bookkeeper to track all finances and payments, and maintain the bookkeeping database. Responsibilities may include: creating author royalty reports; checking and verifying source documents such as invoices, receipts, and computer printouts; reconciling and balancing all accounts; drawing up financial statements such as trial balances, income statements, and balance sheets; tracking and maintaining inventory records; maintaining internal control systems; managing accounts payable and accounts receivable; preparing checks, payments, and bank deposits; preparing and processing payroll; complying with relevant reporting requirements; assisting in calculating and preparing tax returns, budget preparation, audits, and generating 1099s; maintaining a complete filing system to support financial records; providing general Bookkeeping support such as data entry, filing, scanning, and other administrative duties; and providing general office support and upkeep as needed.


Internship benefits include free workshops and presentations 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.


  • Strong knowledge of bookkeeping practices and generally accepted bookkeeping principles and procedures
  • Strong knowledge of data management and financial data analysis
  • Working knowledge of relevant computer applications (Excel and ideally QuickBooks)
  • Experience creating department/project budgets
  • Previous experience with nonprofit bookkeeping or finances (not required but strongly preferred)
  • A completed or in-progress undergraduate degree in Business, Bookkeeping, Finance, or related field (at least 2 years completed by requested internship season)
  • An ability to commit to 16–24 hours per week for 4–6 months
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research abilities and a meticulous attention to detail
  • A self-starting attitude and ability to maintain deadlines, multi-task, and work efficiently in a fast-paced environment without close supervision
  • Strong ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office and Windows 7 and 10
  • Background in publishing (not required but preferred)


To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and Red Hen to: jobs[at]

Make sure to include “ Bookkeeping Internship” in your subject line. Only PDF and .doc/.docx files will be considered.

Interested candidates should submit their materials and applications by the following dates:
Summer: May 31
Fall: August 31
Winter/Spring: November 30
Rolling internships: Ongoing application acceptance.

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.
All applications that do not follow the above guidelines will not be considered.