Los Angeles Independent Publishing

Lesbian Books

Red Hen Press, a Los Angeles independent publisher founded by Kate Gale, offers poetry readings, poetry contests, book awards, and more.

Development Internship


Development internships are intended for qualified applicants seeking hands-on experience in fundraising, nonprofit development, and/or public relations. The Development intern works closely with the Development Coordinator to maintain grant and donor relations and to research and cultivate new relations. (Learn more about nonprofit development here.)

What you’ll do:

  • research potential new sources of funding
  • draft, proofread, and submit grant proposals and letters of intent (LOIs)
  • assist with Red Hen’s outreach programs, particularly Writing in the Schools
  • create and edit materials to help solicit support for the press
  • maintain and update development databases
  • provide general Development support such as data entry, filing, scanning, mailing, and other administrative duties as needed

You should apply if:

  • you love books and reading
  • you want to help your local literary community thrive
  • you’d like to work in publishing, public relations, and/or at a nonprofit
  • you like to write and know how to conduct research
  • you believe in Red Hen’s mission to “discover and publish works of literary excellence, support diversity, and foster youth literacy”

Applicants should also meet these additional requirements:

  • able to commit to 16–24 hours per week for 4–6 months
  • have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree program
  • have excellent written and verbal communication skills, a meticulous attention to detail, a self-starting attitude, the ability to maintain deadlines and work efficiently without close supervision in a fast-paced environment
  • able to work both independently and collaboratively
  • have computer literacy, particularly with Microsoft Office and Windows 7
  • previous experience in nonprofit fundraising and/or publishing preferred but not required

Internship benefits

In addition to gaining relevant, department-specific experience and potential work samples, all interns are eligible to participate in: free workshops and presentations on various topics taught by our experienced staff; an intern luncheon and Q&A with our Managing Editor and Publisher; and Red Hen readings and events. Interns also receive complimentary books and course credit (if applicable).


To apply, please email your resume and a cover letter explaining your interest in the position to jobs@redhen.org, with the subject line “Development Internship.” Only PDF and .doc/.docx files will be considered.

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.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Please note that all internship positions are unpaid.

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