Editorial Internship

Editorial internships are intended for qualified applicants seeking hands-on experience in literary editorial work—especially related to book publishing. Ideal candidates will have excellent communication and grammar skills, a strong interest and background in literary prose and poetry, and familiarity with Red Hen’s list and authors.

Editorial interns work closely with the Production Editor and Production Associate to maintain Red Hen’s selective acquisitions process and refine and polish all written material put forth by the company. Responsibilities may include: assisting with submission management, such as reading and evaluating submissions, and sending rejections and query responses; copy editing, proofreading, fact-checking, checking corrections to, and otherwise preparing manuscripts for layout; copy editing and proofreading Marketing & Publicity materials; researching for various projects; providing general editorial support such as data entry, filing, scanning, database maintenance and upkeep, 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.


  • Background in publishing (not required but strongly preferred)
  • Knowledge of contemporary literature
  • An ability to commit to 16–24 hours per week for 4–6 months
  • A completed or in-progress undergraduate degree in English, Creative Writing, or related field (at least 2 years completed by requested internship season)
  • Experience copy-editing and proofreading; knowledge of copy-editing/proofreading symbols
  • 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
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent research abilities
  • Significant knowledge of grammar, syntax, and style
  • Computer literacy, especially with Microsoft Office, Adobe Reader, and Windows 7 and 10


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

Make sure to include “Editorial 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.

Please note that as our most popular internship, the Editorial Department’s acceptance process is highly selective. Fantastic alternatives to Editorial include Development & Grant Writing, Publisher’s Office, and Marketing & Publicity.