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.


Marketing Intern (posted 7/24/15)

Beacon Press is currently accepting applications for a fall internship position in the marketing department. Beacon Press is an independent non-profit publisher of trade and scholarly nonfiction. We are a small press committed to social justice issues and are looking for an intern who is politically aware and engaged.

We publish 50 to 60 titles a year, and specialize in women's studies; religion; Asian American, African American, Native American, and LGBTQ studies; environmental concerns; and current affairs. A Beacon internship can be a wonderful learning opportunity, and may prove to be a valuable asset should you choose to 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 environment, and to make a valued contribution to a highly-respected publishing house with a long tradition of publishing progressive, thought-provoking books.

Responsibilities: The marketing intern will work closely with the marketing department to assist in various areas, such as: researching organizations for bulk sales opportunities; updating Beacon's online social networks including Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr; updating content on beacon.org and author websites; writing blog posts; tracking monthly online stats; running monthly sales reports; assisting with research for academic outreach; drafting letters for book campaigns; assisting with the production of marketing materials; and assisting with other marketing/sales projects and administrative tasks as needed.

Requirements: Candidates should be creative, detail-oriented, and motivated. The ideal candidate should have basic computer proficiency and experience in an office setting.

Salary/Hours: This position is unpaid, and we ask our interns to commit to working approximately 15 hours per week. This is a great opportunity to learn and gain experience in a progressive, non-profit, independent publishing environment.

To apply: Applicants should send resume and cover letter to Jenah Blitz-Stoehr, marketing associate, at marketing@beacon.org. No phone calls, please.

Beacon values a diverse workforce; people with disabilities, folks of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.

Editorial Intern (posted 7/24/15)

Editorial interns assist by performing tasks such as internet research, reading and responding to unsolicited manuscripts, proofreading, and other various projects as they arise.

A Beacon internship can be a wonderful learning opportunity, and may prove to be a valuable asset should you choose to 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 environment, and to make a valued contribution to a highly-respected publishing house with a long tradition of publishing progressive, thought-provoking books.

Requirements: In selecting interns, we look for creative, highly motivated applicants with a strong interest in book publishing, a passion for social justice, and outstanding reading/writing and administrative skills. Previous office experience and computer skills are helpful but not essential; a commitment to Beacon’s mission is required. Familiarity with blogs and social media is a plus.

This position is unpaid, and we ask our interns to commit to working approximately 15 hours per week. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and gain experience in a progressive, non-profit, independent publishing environment.

To apply: Applicants should email a cover letter and resume to Amanda Beiner at abeiner@beacon.org. No phone calls, please.

People with disabilities and candidates who identify as persons of color and/or LGBTQ are encouraged to apply.

Assistant Designer (posted 8/5/15)

A unique opportunity for individuals interested in mission-driven publishing. Beacon Press publishes primarily non-fiction in both print and e-book formats. Candidates are urged to visit www.beacon.org to familiarize themselves with our publishing program before applying for this position.

Primary responsibilities: Research art, stock photography collections, library picture collections, etc.; secure art permissions and negotiates usage fees; create mechanicals for all paperback reissues and designs some frontlist jackets and covers; attend weekly Staff and Design meetings; acts as Design contact person in Creative Director's absence; collaborates with Marketing department on print and web advertising; other duties as assigned.

Basic Knowledge: Design education; excellent organizational and communication skills; solid working knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat) and Microsoft Office; experience with Quark XPress is not necessary, but is a valuable skill for updating backlist titles.

Assistant Designer reports to the Creative Director.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Bob Kosturko, Creative Director, at bkosturko@beacon.org. No phone calls, please.

Beacon Press is committed to building a diverse workforce. People with disabilities, people of color, and those who identify as L/G/B/T/Q are strongly encouraged to apply.