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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 Summer Internship Program

The Beacon Press summer internship program is a wonderful learning opportunity and can 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.

While there is no specific hourly requirement, most interns work 12–18 hours a week, for about 8 weeks (the individual schedules are flexible). We are happy to work with your school to help you earn college credits, when applicable. Please note: Beacon Press is a small nonprofit organization and this is an unpaid volunteer internship opportunity. Our internships take place on site in our Boston office.


To apply for the Beacon Press Internship for Summer 2019, please send your résumé and a cover letter to internships@beacon.org and indicate the internship you are applying for. Applications are due by March 31, 2019.

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. A desire to learn, and a dedication to our social justice mission are essential.

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 and e-book. Duties also include: proofreading, filing, reviewing copyedits, photocopying, data entry, archiving, e-book QA, 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.

Digital & Social Media Intern

The Digital & 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.

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.

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.

Design Intern

The design intern will work closely with the design department creating templates for marketing and publicity efforts (for both promotional and internal use), assist in social media image-making, and participate in image research for cover directions. Interns will also have the opportunity to design advertisements (with staff direction) and work to design an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) cover mechanical.

Candidates should have a strong interest in print design and typography; be detail-oriented and proficient with Adobe Creative Suite in a Mac environment. A portfolio of work will be required to be considered.