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Jobs & Internships

Beacon Press is owned and operated under the auspices of the Unitarian Universalist Association and is an equal opportunity employer. Beacon Press values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.


Beacon Press Internships for People of Color

The Beacon Press Internships for People of Color program seeks to increase diversity and inclusiveness in the book publishing industry. Beacon Press offers internships in the Marketing, Publicity, Digital and Social Media, Production, and Editorial departments. We offer a wage of $16 an hour, and interns are expected to work for 12 weeks, with a 12–15 hour-per-week commitment and a flexible schedule. We are also happy to work with your school to help you earn college credits, when applicable.

A Beacon Press internship is a wonderful learning opportunity, and may prove to be invaluable should you pursue a career in book publishing. Because Beacon is a small press, our interns have the opportunity to observe the functions of other departments as well as their own, to work in a friendly and supportive environment, and to make a valued contribution to a distinguished press that has a long tradition of publishing progressive, timely, and thought-provoking books.

To apply for the Beacon Press Internship for People of Color for the Fall 2019 semester, please send your résumé and cover letter to and indicate the internship/s you are applying for. Applications are due by July 31st. Please note that all internships are offered on site in our Boston office. No remote candidates will be considered. Due to the high volume of applications, we unfortunately cannot respond to each individual application.

Publicity Intern

The Publicity Intern will work in various areas of administration and support, gaining valuable experience in book publicity, while also having the opportunity to observe and engage with other departments. Day-to-day tasks may include assisting with book mailings, database maintenance, attending meetings, researching media leads, tracking media placements, creating press materials, writing occasional blog posts, and completing media outreach. Our interns gain hands-on publicity experience and are expected to fully engage with the books and work assigned to them.

Candidates should have excellent writing, research, and critical thinking skills; be creative, detail-oriented, and work well independently. Computer skills, a desire to learn, and a dedication to our social justice mission are essential.

Editorial Intern

The Editorial Intern will assess and respond to manuscripts, assisting the editorial team with research, and developing readers’ guides for select titles. Interns will attend meetings and will work closely with a member of the editorial team. They will also have the opportunity to meet individually with those in other departments.

In selecting interns, we look for motivated applicants with an interest in publishing, a passion for social justice, and strong writing and administrative skills. Familiarity with current events and politics is a plus. Previous office experience and computer skills are helpful but not essential; a commitment to Beacon’s mission is required.

Book Production Intern

The Production Internship provides an opportunity to learn about the book production process from the editing, design, and typesetting stages to the bound book. Duties also include: proofreading, filing, reviewing copyedits, photocopying, data entry, archiving, preparing packages for vendors and freelancers, maintenance of the production library, assistance with the digital archive, and special projects.

Candidates should have a particular interest in the area of production, be extremely detail-oriented, and have strong organizational skills. You must be comfortable working independently on projects.

Marketing Intern

The Marketing Intern works closely with the marketing department in various areas of administration and support. Day-to-day tasks include research for organizational and academic outreach opportunities, assisting with book mailings for giveaways and other projects, drafting letters, reading assigned books to assist in development of marketing plans, scheduling social media posts; updating content on Beacon websites, writing blog posts, tracking monthly online stats, and producing marketing materials.

Candidates should have a strong interest in publishing and social justice, as well as a desire to learn about marketing books to consumer audiences.

Digital and Social Media Intern

The Digital and Social Media Intern works closely with the associate digital marketing manager in various areas of Beacon’s social media assets. Responsibilities include assisting with the drafting and scheduling content on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram; planning social media campaigns; drafting blog posts and newsletters; creating social media images; tracking authors, books, and trending news on social media; updating website content; and tracking weekly and monthly online stats.

Candidates should have a strong interest in publishing and social justice, as well as a desire to learn about the ways publishers use online assets to build community and raise the profile of our brand, books, and authors.